Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 18, Page 8

Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 18, Page 8
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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NEW SECRETARYMary Clare Bhreathnachhas been appointed jointworking secretary to NaPiobairi Uilleann and Cum-ann Cheol TIre under anarrangement initiated andfinanced by the Arts Coun-cil. She has taken up dutyat I 5 Henrietta Streetwhere she deals with theday-to-day affairs of bothsocieties. The developmentof the shop and the creat-ion of a music settingservice as well as thepreparation of materials forthe societies bulletins,newsletters etc. also fallwithin her field. Immediateimprovements and benefitsin the running of the soc-ieties can he expected fromthis development whichmust result in a better ser-vice for members.No. She is not a relation.PIPES ON LOANFour practice sets havebeen allocated under thescheme sponsored by theArts Council to encourageyoung people to take up thepipes. The participantshave become members ofN.P.U. and those in Dublinare required to attendregularly at headquartersfor tuition. Special arrange-ments are being made forthose i iving outside thecity.The scheme is designedto help people over thewaiting period, while testingtheir interest in learningthe pipes, while waitingdelivery of a set ordered orwhile getting together theprice of a set. Generallyspeaking a waiting periodof around six months shouldmeet such cases and partic-ipants should towards theend of that period havearrangements made toprocure a set of their own.The aim is to effect a re-allocation of sets wellwithin a twelve monthsperiod.Do you have a practiceset or indeed a half or fullset lying unused at home?If you do, why not put itonce more to use by lendingit to N.P.U. for allocationunder the scheme.U.S. HONOURFOR IRISH PIPERJoe Shannon, Chicago,was among the sixteenmaster traditional artistshonoured by the award of aNational Heritage Fellow-ship. This scheme ofawards, operated by theNational Endowment for theArts, a federal agency,recognises outstanding andlifelong contributions toAmerican folk culture.Fellows are selected by areview panel nominatedfrom among artists ofproven excellence, authen-ticity and influence withina particular field and theyreceive a Fellowship cert-ificate and a cash award of$5,000.Joe Shannon isknown toall pipers who have been toChicago - Their accounts oftheir visit to that cityinvariably recall meeting upwith him, playing musicwith him, examining hisunique set of Taylor pipesand enjoying his hospitality.It is a great pleasure torecord this signal honour toan Irish piper and the inst-rument. The officialcitation for the award willinterest readers.C IJOE SHANNONIrish-American Uifleann Piper -Chica go 1 IflinoisJoe Shannon is one of the last representatives of theAmerican 1 style of playing the uilleann pipes.The bagpipe is one of the oldest types of musicalinstruments. A distinctively Irish version of the bagpipe, knownas the union or uilieann pipe, emerged in Ireland in the early18th century. These pipes were distinguished by a chanter with arange of two octaves and the use of a bellows instead of ablowpipe to inflate the bag. The elaborately ornamented style ofplaying the uilleann pipes requires great skill and dexterity.Joe Shannon was born in County Mayo, Ire land in 1920. His family emigrated to Chicago in 1926,,There he has lived ever since. Joe Shannon became interested in the pipes in his early teens. Bythen, the once great tradition of playing the uilleann pipes had almost completely died out inQiicago. One of the last remaining pipers was his uncle, Ed Hullaney, who gave him rudimentaryinstruction on this most difficult of traditional Irish instruments. J 08 Shannon also listenedavidly to the early recordings of famed uilleann pipers Patsy Thohey and Thm Ennis, and from them heacquired the articulation, phrasing and drive that is characteristic of early 20th centuryIrish erican piping.The virtuosity of Joe Shannons piping is a dazzling source of wonderrent to everyone who hearshis music, lie has kept alive a fragile musical tradition during a period when it night have beenlost. The depth of his knowledge and his dedication to Irish traditional music can hardly beequalled.8
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