Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 42, Page 3

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Édaín O’Donnell5~ News & Events ~PIPERLINKPIPERLINK is the name of a new touringprogramme promoted by Na PíobairíUilleann and supported by The ArtsCouncil. It consists of a novel mix of per-formances – of piping and songs – along withmultimedia presentations, lectures and inter-active sessions with the audiences, includingactual hands-on opportunities for members ofthe public to try the instrument. The aim is tobring a greater understanding of the instru-ment, its music and its history, to a wide audi-ence.The tour starts in early September and runsfor the whole month, visiting eighteen venuesin every part of Ireland. It will be presentedby Seán Donnelly and Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, and each performance will alsoinclude two pipers, drawn from the followingpanel: Seán Potts, Seán Mc Keon, TommyKeane, Donnacha Dwyer, Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Emmett Gill, Mick O’Brien, PeterBrowne and Éanna Ó Cróinín.Tuesday 04/09/07 (8pm) - Blasket Centre,Dún Chaoin, Trá Lí, Co. ChiarraiThursday 06/09/07 (8pm) - St. John'sTheatre, Listowel, Co. ChiarraiFriday 07/09/07 (8.30pm) - Triskel ArtsCentre, CorkSaturday 08/09/07 (8pm) - Tigh Roy, Glenof Aherlow, Co. TipperaryFriday 14/09/07 (8.30pm) - The CourthouseArts Centre, Tinahely, Co. WicklowSaturday 15/09/07 (8pm) - An Grianán,Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSunday 16/09/07 (3.30pm) - Séamus EnnisCentre, Naul, Co. DublinWednesday 19/09/07 (11am) - The Dock,Carrick on Shannon, Co. LeitrimThursday 20/09/07 (8pm) - MillmountCentre, Drogheda, Co. LouthFriday 21/09/07 (8pm) - MaudabawnCentre, Cootehill, Co. CavanSaturday 22/09/07 (8pm) - Na PíobairiUilleann, 15 Henrietta St. Dublin 1, Co.DublinSunday 23/09/07 (8pm) - Birr Theatre andArts Centre, Co. OffalyWednesday 26/09/07 (3pm) - Dundalk IT,Dundalk, Co. LouthThursday 27/09/07 (8pm) - An Cultúrlann,216 Falls Road, Belfast, Co. AntrimFriday 28/09/07 (8.30pm) - The ColemanIrish Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. SligoSaturday 29/09/07 (8pm) - Áras na nGael,Dominic Street, Galway, Go GalwaySunday 30/09/07 (8.30pm) - Áras InisGluaire, Belmullet, Co. MayoFriday 12/10/07 (8pm) - Solstice ArtsCentre, Navan, Co. MeathMuireann Nic Amhaloibh, Seán Mc Keon, Seán Donnelly and Donnacha DwyerOne of the most satisfying things aboutplaying the pipes, for me at any rate,is the sense of elation you get when,after tuning up in a room with good acoustics,you discover that everything is just right: thedrones steady and sonorous, the regulatorscrisp and tuneful and the chanter sweet andresponsive. The truth is I really look forwardto those five or six days every year.Moreover, one of the best things about it all isthat it is nearly always a surprise when it hap-pens as, generally speaking, there is no obvi-ous forewarning that this nirvana is imminent.Of course the downside is that there is notelling when the instrument is going to fallfrom this exalted state of grace. In my owncase, this sudden, total and unfathomabledeterioration of the core functions of theinstrument can lead to uncharacteristic andpersistent bouts of bad temper and anger,involuntary, irrational and often quite viciousoutpourings of downright hatred targeteddirectly at the instrument resulting in dis-turbingly high levels of paranoia and frustra-tion usually manifested by raising questionsas to whatever made me think of taking upsuch a ridiculously unreliable instrument inthe first place. Worst of all, when logic hasbeen completely displaced and discarded, inan effort to stay in control, I resort to pro-longed outbursts of ungentlemanly language.You know the sort of thing. I suppose thewhole process might be best looked on ascharacter building, depending on how youfare.On the other side of the coin, there are timeswhen everything seems sunny, and, for a peri-od of about a fortnight last November, mypipes went better than at any other time sinceI began playing just over thirty years ago.They have gone well since on a number ofoccasions and thankfully there were a numberof witnesses to a least one of these periods ofnear-unbridled bonheur. Nevertheless, while Iwas reasonably pleased with the performanceof the instrument during these undoubtedlyhappy times, they were as nothing in compar-ison to the dizzy heights of last November.Luckily enough a recording was made at thattime which I use as a soother in dark and trou-bled times to remind myself that they weregoing really well not so long ago.I suppose the purpose of the above rant can besummed up by stating there can be nothingmore frustrating than having to play in publicwhen the pipes are out of sorts and nothingmore rewarding than when everything is onsong. Whatever happens, hang in there. Thegood times are just around the corner!Robbie Hannan4– continued from page 3Pat Broderick has donated a chanter andbass regulator which were hand-craftedby Johnny Doran. Ray Grace has donat-ed his Matt Kiernan practice set to our pipes-on-loan scheme. Ray tells us they cost him£18.00 in the early 1970s.We purchased at auction a copy of the 1818edition of Joseph Cooper Walker’s HistoricalMemoirs of the Irish Bards. Na Píobairí Uilleann has reciprocal arrange-ments with several other piping and musicalbodies to exchange publications. Complete ornear-complete runs of many of these publica-tions are available to members in our library.Publications received include the following:Piping Today – Magazine of the National Piping Centre,Glasgow. Issues 27 & 28Treoir – Magazine of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Iml.39 uimh. 1 & 2The Pipers’ Review / Iris na bPíobairí – Magazine of theIrish Pipers’ Club, Seattle. Vol XXVI No 3,Summer 2007~ Donations & acquisitions ~
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