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

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 42, Page 4
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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7The union, grand union and uilleann piper,Ronan Browne recently received a legacy ofone of the oldest working sets of Irish pipesin existence. They are a James Kenna of Ballina-carrigy set of early union pipes with four dronesand one four-note regulator, dating from the late1700s. The pipes were presented to him by theindefatigable patron of piping, Mr. Kenneth D.McLeod. This set of union pipes is from now on to be knownas ‘The Legacy Set’ and a legal agreement has beendrawn up to ensure that the instrument will onlyever rest in the possession of an active player whowill perform on it. As the pipes pass down fromplayer to player, each new guardian must carry onthe spirit of the original agreement, much as thisgranting has itself been carried out in the spirit ofthe late Seán Reid who so generously bestowedinstruments on Peter O’Loughlin, Liam O’Floinnand Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, and who contributed,along with Ken McLeod and Brian Vallely, to theoriginal purchase of Robbie Hannan’s pipes. Ronan Browne is happy, chuffed, a little breathlessand enjoying with glee, spitting out notes on thiswonderful example of a set made by one of thefinest classic makers.If anyone wants to hear these fantastic pipes, take apeek at www.myspace.com/jameskennapipesThanks Ken!Ronan BrowneA New Home for James6Come West Along theRoad 2Anew, second DVD drawn from RTÉTelevision’s long-running archivalseries Come West along the Road willappear about the same time as this issue of AnPíobaire. Featured is black-and-white andcolour footage of some 150 singers, dancersand musicians, from the 1960s to the 1980s.Running time is two and a half hours. TheDVD is produced by series presenter andresearcher Nicholas Carolan of the IrishTraditional Music Archive.Uilleann pipers included are Mícheál ÓRiabhaigh of Cork (1963), Tomás Ó Canainnof Derry and Cork (as a member of Na Filí,1973), Michael Cooney of Tipperary (1982),and from 1981 Jimmy O'Brien-Moran ofWaterford, Liam O’Flynn of Kildare (as amember of Planxty), and Séamus Ennis of CoDublin. And Kevin Burke of the Bothy Band(1976) contributes a song about a piper.Uilleann pipers will also feature also on thenext, tenth series of Come West along theRoad, which begins in October.NPU Online LibraryFrancis O’Neill’s Irish Minstrels andMusicians has been added to the NPUOnline Library and is now available infull for members to browse or search.The copy which we used is a first edition,with a dedication by O’Neill, which wasdonated to NPU by Don McDonall in 1999.The Online Library can be accessed at:www.pipers.ie/NPUPublic/Archive.aspxRegular events with Na Píobairí UilleannBreandán Breathnach Commemoration: Held annually on the first Saturday ofDecember. The next Breandán Breathnach Commemoration will be held on SaturdayDecember 1st 2007.NPU Tionól: Held annually on the last weekend of May. The next Tionól will be held onMay 23rd to May 25th 2008.Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy: Held annually on the first full calendar week in July. Italways starts on the first Saturday of July.NPU recitals: Held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30pm The recitals for theremainder of 2007 will be held on the following dates:September 4th 2007 – Mikie Smyth, John McEvoy and John WynneOctober 2nd 2007 – Michael Cooney, Paul Smith and Jed FoleyNovember 6th 2007 – (To be announced – details will be posted on website)December 4th 2007 – (To be announced – details will be posted on website)Weekly NPU piping & reed making classes: Held weekly on Tuesday nights 7pm to8pm and 8pm to 9pm. Next term commences with enrolment on Tuesday September 11th2007 at 7pm, with the first class being held on Tuesday September 18th.
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