Píobaire, An, Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 3

Píobaire, An, Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 3
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Chairman, NPU
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Píobaire, An
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The influence Leo Rowsome had on uil-leann piping can never be underesti-mated. He played a pivotal role as apipe-maker, piper and teacher for over half acentury and without his presence the art ofuilleann piping may well have fallen intooblivion during a lean and difficult time forthe instrument and its music. A foundingmember and patron of Na Píobairí Uilleann,Leo’s 78rpm recordings andradio broadcasts with his pip-ing quartet had a huge impacton a whole generation ofpipers and many of his pupilswent on to become some ofthe most outstanding pipersof their generation. Leo’svast contribution to uilleannpiping will be acknowledgedby Na Píobairí Uilleann inour headquarters on Saturday28 February and all lovers ofhis music will be welcome toattend the event. Full detailscan be found on our website. Staying with our events programme our annu-al Tionól Píobaireachta takes place on theweekend of 22-24 May and the programme isavailable on our website and in this issue ofAn Píobaire. The range and quality of activi-ties is very impressive and is sure to attractgreat interest. The weekend will feature lec-tures, reed-making, piping classes, an histori-cal walking tour in Dublin regarding places ofinterest in traditional music circles, not tomention piping recitals and informal piping. I was very sorry to hear of the death ofTommy Kearney towards the end of last year.Tommy was a complete gentleman, and hisfervour for the pipes stayed with him through-out his long life. I was always very impressedwith Tommy’s command ofstaccato fingering which heused to great effect. Hisadmiration for players suchas Leo Rowsome and LiamWalsh was well known, aswas his generosity in passingon his skills to younger play-ers. Tommy Keane, JimmyO’Brien-Moran and BillyBrowne, to name but three,are all on record as havingbeen grateful to Tommy forhaving taught and encour-aged them in their early days.It’s gratifying to know thatmany aspects of Tommy’s playing have beenpassed on to other players from his own local-ity. Jim Dowling, a pupil of Leo Rowsome’s,also passed away recently and we extend oursympathies to the respective families of Jimand Tommy.Robbie HannanChairman3
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