Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 14

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 14
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Camp Scene – J.B. Vallely14Three of the images are depictions of pipers,all of them inspired by contemporary sources. The one on the previous page, depictingpipers at the Battle of the Erne Fords (see AnPíobaire 4.14), is based on a contemporaryimage by Flemish artist Lucas de Heere.Reproduced above is his “Camp Scene”,showing a party of soldiers led by a piper.This is based on the famous image showingthe Siege of Boulonge in 1544. The soldiersand piper are a party of Irish Kerne returningto camp from a cattle raid, driving their bootybefore them. The remaining piper painting isbased on the ‘slain piper’ image fromDerrick’s Image of Ireland (see also AnPíobaire 4.14). Niall Vallely was commissioned to composeincidental music for the BBC series dealingwith these events, which was screened in2007. He subsequently combined the variouselements created for the TV series into amusical whole which, titled Imeacht - Flight,he performed at the concert held in tandemwith the exhibition of paintings, aided by hisbrother Cillian on pipes.The pipes were also to be heard in a sim-ilar context in early November inDublin, when Running Beast was per-formed in the National Concert Hall. This wasdescribed as a music theatre piece, based onHugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, with text byDonal O’Kelly and music by MichaelHolohan for uilleann pipes, string quartet,double bass, harpsichord and percussion. Inthis performance the part for the uilleannpipes was played by Mick O’Brien.Running Beast is based on The Road to LoughSwilly (see An Píobaire 4.14), the commemo-rative suite for uilleann pipes commissionedby NPU in 2001 and written by Michael
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