Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 7, Page 8

Píobaire, An, Volume 1, Issue 7, Page 8
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(62)We only desire to add to this slight sketch, that Paddy appears to be in tolerably comfortab ecircumstances he farms a bit of ground, and his cottage is neat and cleanly kept for one of hsrank in Galway. He has a great love of approbation, a high opinion of his musical talents, anda strong feeling of decent pride. He will only plzly for the gentry or the comfortable farmers.He will not lower the dignity of his professional character by playing in a tap room or for thecommonalty - except on rare occasions, when he will do it gratuitously, and for the solepleasure of making them happy. We have ourselves been spectators on some of these occasions,and may probably give a sketch of them in a future number.REED-CANE (contd.from page 3).The fibres, the fibres, the fibres, thats what makes good cane, he repeated ( as a realestate man might say, the site, the site, the site). We fertilize for the fibres, for thelignina, not the cellulose 1 . It is the lignina that affects the vibration,not the cellulose;the Abono (fertilizer), therefore, is intended to enrich the lignina.The most unusual part of his statement was that the 5 mm. miniature U-guills and thegiant 32 mm. contrabass cane are the same_age,both two years old, though one is as thin asa drinking straw and the other as thick as a beer bottle. They are brothers. Very curious.I asked him to repeat that. Es muy curioso, he said.Next, I saw his girls in the workshop, and the men who know how to grade. This isdone by eye. Lots of cane goes to the fire. My chanter reed is 1% of 1% of 1% of what Isaw in the raw. I played a few tunes on my guerillapipe, and they were very pleased tohear I could play it in bed without waking my wife. The last man they had here was a warpiper.Ronnie WathenJan. 71.LETTERS FROM IRELANDJohn Dun ton, English traveller, writing from Ireland around 1695 refers to music anddancing.At hurling matches : the prize is generally a barrell or two of ale, which is brought intothe field and drunk off by the victors on the spott, tho the vanquisht are not without ashare of it too. Two or three bagg pipes attend the conquerors at the barrells head, andthen play them out of the field.The Village Green: Hither all the people resort with a piper on Sundays or holydays inthe afternoon, where the young folks dance till the cows come home (which by the bytheyl do without anyone to drive them).At Weddings: After the matrimonial ceremony was over we had a Bag piper and a blindharper that dinnd us with their musick to which there wc s perpetual 1 dancing.At the Christening: After the ceremony of baptism was over we had four persons whofell to play on their Jews Trumps, each of which playing on two at once. The musickwas no way disagreeable, but most of their aires were melancholy and doleful as suitingthe humors of a people always in subjection.At the Wake: Sometimes they followed one another in a ring (as they say faries doe)in a rude dance to the musique of a bag pipe.At the fair: Drumconra where on the faire day a fine smock is exposed as a prize forwomen to run in foot race and a bag of sneezing and a pair of broags for the bestd aun cer.An Piobaire is typed and printed by Excel Secretarial Services, 29 Clare St., Dublin.
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