Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 42, Page 3
Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 42, Page 3
Na Píobairí Uilleann
PIPING IN GLASGOWUILLEANN PIPERS IN TFIE GLASGOW AREA FROMTHE BEGINNING OF TillS CENTURYPAT WARD born c. 1263 in Doohamlet, Castleblariey,Co. Monaghan (my grandfather on fly mothers side),coni c to G lasgow c. 882, married and settled there.He played on a Coyne set o( pipes (one regulator- baritone only). He had more tha n one Coynechanter, all of which are st ill in my possession. Flemade frequent trips to Ireland from the beginning ofthis century onwards, to visit his father - also PatWard. (See reference to him in article on WilliamClarke of Ballybay in Heart of Breifnie journal 1988i-Ic visited the said Will a m Clarke and played withhim in Monaghan etc. He played at the famousEmpire Exhibition here in Glasgo v in 1901 and 9 1Also he played at A.O.H. Celebrations in Glasgowaround the sa me period. Was well known as a reed-maker for not only the uilleann pipes, but also theHighland pipes. He died and was buried in Glasgowin December 1937. None of his family played thepipes (my mother is the sole surviving member ofhis children). The pipes died out in the familyuntil I took them up in 19)6.WILLIE HAMILTON, a Scotsman was born towardsthe beginning of this century, in Siratliaven, a smallLanarkshire market town about 20 ,niles outsideGlasgow. He became interested in the uilleann pipesthrough associating with my grandfather (above), andstarted to play the pipes. He was at this time aHigland piper. He subsequently became so interestedthat lie started making pipes, including uilleann andNorthumbrian Pipes. He was an excellent reedmakerfor all pipes. first met tip with hi rn in 1956, whenlie renovated the old pipes belonging to my grand-lather. In later years (around this time) he did verylittle playing, but was very active in pipemaking. Hemade a full set of pipes for me, pit hecl in C sharpwhich I still have and play occasionally. He had, nofamily. He was in his earlier years (30s and 405) aregular visitor to Ireland and had net nan y of thepipers living at that time, including the above men-tioned William Clarke of Ballyhav, Leo Rowsonic.Bill Andrews, Professor OMeally of Belfast aridMcFadden of that same city. I he von prizes for hismaking of Northumbrian pipes. I understand that mostof his collection of piping parapharnalia, pipes, booksetc. went to the Northumbrian Museum of pipes andpiping. He died c.1975.PETER CAREY. Little is known about this piperother than that I have heard he was a friend of mygrandfather Pat Ward. He was born sometime at thebeginning of this century. Fle frequented our fa milyhome and played music there.PADDY MARKEY. Again this piper falls into thesame category as Peter Carey, and was I believe acontemporary of his. He had a brother Jimmy whoplayed fiddle, and they partic paied in the musicalgatherings in Glasgow at my grandfathers home. Hewas related (a nephew I th ink) to DAN MARKEY(who was a cousin of my grandfather Pat Ward).This Dan Markey is referred to in O Neills IrishNI ins tre Is and Ni isi ci an s , and appears in t lie famousphotograph in the same book taken around 191 / 12in Dublin at the pipes comnpetit ion in the Rotunda.(The same picture hangs on the wall in l-lenrietta St .behind Liams desk).Subniitted by Pat McNultyGlasgowEWTORLIL NOTE: The Pat Yard here is not pat Yardof Drogheda (18471928) who was born ThDromcon-.rath, Co. Meath. There were two Pat Wards pipersConfusion exists because of the same names. Anarticle on William Clarke of Bailybay appeared inthe journal, The Heart of Breifne. In thatarticle there is a reference to Pat Ward ofOoohamlet, Castleblaney. Accorrpanying the articleis a photograph of James Ennis (father of Samus).Mr Sharkey and Pat Ward but this Pat Ward in thephotograph is Pat Ward of L3rogheda , not Pa Yardof 000hamlet.Another Egan SetThis fine Egan set of pipes is in the Boston Museum of Fine fl its.This picture is a montage of two photographs, taken from differing angles and distances, hence thedistortion on the main stock which is shown longer overall than is, the case (notelower retaining screwon bass regulator return plate appears in duplicate).The neck of the bag comes directly down onto the head of the chanter and is tied on.
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