Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 43, Page 4
Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 43, Page 4
Na Píobairí Uilleann
sense of piping style. Regulatorplaying of high skill is plentifullyin evidence throughout the CD, butit is the chanter that always haspride of place, and Emmett doesnot neglect to give us long stretch-es where we can enjoy the pureblend of the chanter with thedrones. The two sets of pipesplayed on this CD – one flat, oneconcert; both made by Koehler andQuinn – are immaculately in tune.The programme of piping thatEmmett presents here is squarelywithin the classic tradition of theinstrument. It is obvious that he hastaken great care to choose tunesthat sit well on the pipes. This ismusic that plays to the strengths ofthe chanter, not an effort to accom-modate the pipes to music that does not suit itsnative language of expression.We get a vivid sense of the piping provenanceof the music on this CD when we realise thatthe music is spread widely along the not-quite-three centuries of the historical life ofthe instrument. In fact the span is even widerthan that – some pieces on the CD are proba-bly older than the instrument itself. The spaceavailable to us in a review such as this willobviously not permit us to sketch the historyof all of the music on this CD, but we can gaina fair sense of the impeccable piping pedigreeFans of the piping of Emmett Gill –among whom I very definitely numbermyself – will be delighted to welcomeEmmett’s new CD, released recently by NaPíobairí Uilleann. On this solo CD, titled The Mountain Groves,Emmett makes a committed stand for the uil-leann pipes as a fully expressive entity, notneeding any accompaniment or collaboration.Emmett’s chanter playing is a well-judgedcombination of flowing, melodic piping inter-spersed with crisply-articulated ‘tight’ ele-ments. His playing is always judicious, well-executed, and with a carefully thought-out7~ Reviews & Notices ~The Mountain GrovesEmmett GillNa Píobairí Uilleann NPUCD015 20.00 (members price 17.50) plus P+P6Regular 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.Ace & Deuce of Piping Concert: Held annually on the last Friday in September.NPU recitals: Held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30pm The recitals for Spring2008 will be held on the following dates:January 1st 2008 – Seán & Seán Óg Potts, Seán Ó Broin and Dermot BurkeFebruary 5th 2008 – Seán Mc Keon, Liam O’Connor and Harry BradleyMarch 4th 2008 – Paddy, Séamus and Kevin Glackin with piper to be announcedApril 1st 2008 – (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 January 8th2008 at 7pm, with the first class being held on Tuesday January 15th.NPU Online LibraryFrancis O’Neill’s Irish Folk Music, AFascinating Hobby has been added to theNPU Online Library and is now available infull for members to browse or search. TheOnline Library can be accessed at:www.pipers.ie/NPUPublic/Archive.aspxBreaking Ground inHenrietta StreetNa Píobairí Uilleann have been invited byBreaking Ground, the Ballymun-basedart programme, to present a film by leadingartist Adam Chodzko on the top floor of no.15 Henrietta Street.The film, entitled Around, documents theparanormal and uncanny properties of an oth-erwise unremarkable boundary wall. The filmpresentation runs in conjunction with theBreaking Ground M-Path exhibition in theHugh Lane Gallery, where visitors swap theirshoes for someone else’s, which they wear asthey walk around the Gallery’s exhibitionsand permanent collection.M-path at Dublin City Gallery The HughLane, and Around, at Na Píobairí Uilleann,both run from 16th November 2007 to 13th ofJanuary 2008. The film will run from 2.00pmto 5.00pm each day.
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