Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 10

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 10
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10DastirumAllan MacDonald(STEMRA C12446)Contact www.tradmusic.com for detailsMany members will have been interestedin exploring the world of Highland pip-ing but may have been unsure how toapproach the subject. Such uncertainties aresurely now resolved with the publication ofthis CD. Allan MacDonald, who is known forhis singing in Scottish Gaelic as well as for hisperformances on Highland and Lowlandpipes, will be a familiar figure for those whotake part in the Willie Clancy SummerSchool, as he is an old friend of the Schooland a regular attender.This recording is more than just a collectionof piping tracks; with the inclusion of a 70-page booklet, it amounts to a history of theinstrument and its music (including its Irishdimension) and a very accessible and reliableintroduction to the subject.~ Seanchas ~Art McCooeyThis is a poem that was in the CregganJournal. It was written by Art Mac Cooey(1738-1773), a satirical poet who attacked thesnobbery and respectability of the newCatholic middle-classes in the penal dayscopying the ways of the clergy who had littletime for native cultural values.I’m a pauper they say, a rascal, a stray,And there’s nothing but lies in my singing,If I don’t disappear, the parish will hearThe bells for my interdict ringing.The curse of the friars and the vengeance ofRomeOn the breed and the seed of the vipers,Who threaten each day and never would payA penny to poets or pipers.(Per Patrick Farrell, St.Kevin’s Pipe Band Bray,Co.Wicklow.)Bandon in the early 17th c.Even our national musical instruments, theharp and bagpipe, seem to have been con-sidered as part of the paraphernalia of popery.In one of the first earl of Cork’s noted protes-tant eyries, Bandon, a poor wandering min-strel, has lately been severly beaten, and hadhis bagpipe broken to pieces. The unluckywight ventured to play in that town, contraryto an ancient standing rule of the corporation;and he was thus treated for annoying theorthodox ears of the protestant inhabitantswith his native papistical tunes. Were thesebigots apprehensive that the charms of Irishmusic would “sooth their savage breasts?”James Hardiman Irish Minstrelsy(London 1831) Vol 1, p. 336(Per Sean Donnelly)
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