Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 7, Page 1

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 7, Page 1
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Chairman, NPU
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uilleannAu Pjob p eUIMHIR BEALTAINE 1971An Tionol: The fourth annual convention promises to have an international flavour, with memberscoming from Spain and the United States as well as England and Scotland. Ronnie Wathen hasarrived from Spain,with sufficient cane, cut and pared, to make 700 chanter reeds, havingpreviously forwarded to Dan 0 Dowd around 800 strips. N. P. U. had already imported an evengreater quantity some months before this. There is sufficient cane of the proper quality and ofthe right dimensions now in the country to fit all the chanters being played for the next fiftyyears. The extraordinary interest shown in the reedmaking k ts,with two demonstration sessionsof reed making scheduled, suggests that this may well be the year in which the problem of fittingchanters properly disappeared. In addition to the reed making equipment, selections of cane forchanter, regulator, and drone reeds will be on sale during the weekend.This number of An Piobaire introduces another fresh activity of N.P.U. which will yield aquick harvest. For the first time ever fully detailed transcriptions of piping have been made compare these with the settings published in ONeills Dance Music and the music itself isavailable for copying during the weekend. It is hoped that beginners and others will siudythese texts and thus equip themselves with a proper system of ornamentation. It is noexaggeration to say that one can sit through a night of competitions for the pipes withouthearing a single cran played by any of the competitors. Here it might be no harm to drawattention to the version of Gol na mBan san Ar published in Ceol which was transcribed fromthe playing of Micky Cumbaw, a celebrated Kerry piper of the last century and to say thatthis piece may be heard and copied also during the weekend.Headquarters: We are still awaiting word from the house committee of 44 Pamell Square thatthe minor repairs required on the roof have been carried out. Conradh na Gaeilge have madelittle further progress. in effecting repairs to the premises at Ely Place, a room in which theyhave assigned to N. P . U. Further talks have begun with Corporation officials and asympathetic hearing is being given by the appropriate committee to a request for accommoda-tion at the Tailors Hall. We have also left out problem with some auctioneers. In effect,we are still without a headquarters, the only obstacle to the break through, the leap forwardor whatever the politicians t phrase is for rapid progress.PIPING : Claddagh Records Ltd., are busy at the moment completing an anthology of piping,to compile which extensive recordings of Seamas Ennis, Willie Clancy, Tommy Reck andseveral other pipers have been made. All classes of dance music as well as slow airs will berepresented anddetailed notes on the music and on the history of the instrument will beprovided. The anthology wilt,of course, be an illustration of the various styles of pipingfavoured by present day players. Without any doubt, this work, the first of its kind, willimmediately secure for itself a place in the history of Irish traditional music. Members ofN.P.U . will be particularly grateful to Claddagh Records for their enterprise,which meets.a particular aim of the society in the preservation of pipe music. They will,too,be pleasedto learn that they will be able to buy this recording at a rate specially reduced for N. P. U.This opportunity to acquire idiomatic settings of the tunes favoured by master pipers will notbe neglected by anybody wishing to improve his technique and add to his store of music.p.vvvvvvvvvvvvv
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