Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 10

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 46, Page 10
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10A report on the first meeting ofthe South Wales PipersWell the first inaugural meeting ofwhatever we call ourselves haspassed. A big thanks to everyonethat was able to turn up. There was somelovely piping by Eddie and Richard and Pauland myself were nothing if not eager learnersand listeners. A very big thanks to Paul forgetting us the use of the club and for the end-less cups of tea.I think it would be great to meet up once amonth and have a little session like we had onthis occasion. It gives us time to learn sometunes. A great website for tunes is www.the-session.org Free to join and an abundance oftunes. Also if you join the NPU then you haveaccess to their online lessons/music and someof their recitals. If anyone has any tunes theywant to learn/play at the next meeting, pleasee-mail me the names and I’ll see if they are onthe session.org and I’ll e-mail the links. Forme, I’m going to learn “Banish Misfortune”,“The Rambling Pitchfork” and “GarretBarry’s”. I’m also going to dig out a pipe ver-sion of “Carrickfergus” for Paul but if heplays “Danny Boy” again he’ll be shot atdawn!!! Only kidding 🙂 Also check out www.tradlessons.com.There’s some visual pipe lessons on therealthough the majority are a little bit advancedfor me.If anyone has any ideas for the next meetingplease e-mail them across. It would be nice ifwe could have a one day tiónol in October.Perhaps we could get an established piperover to teach and then play in the night. Foodfor thought. Geraint has access to a fantasticlocation in The Welfare at Ystradgynlais thatI think Geraint could get us at a good price.I’ll also look into seeing if we could anygrants for instruments, materials etc Worth ashout!Well it’s always nice to get the first one in thebag. Happy piping Meirion Williams~ First one in the bag! ~For eleven years , after building his manorhouse Johnson Hall in 1763, Sir Williamconducted his affairs in much the same fash-ion as a palatine lord of the marches. Hisenormous estates to which he lured hundredsof settlers, many from his native country,were developed along the lines of Anglo-Norman swordland. The demesne surround-ing Johnson Hall featured a 500-acre park,ornamental gardens, dairy, forge, stable, awhole array of domestic services, and even alake complete with a crannog. He builtschools, churches, courthouses forts and pris-ons, served as merchant, negotiator, soldier,defender, Indian administrator, farmer andjudge as times or circumstances warranted, allthe while smoking peace-pipes, joining hisblind Irish piper in song, performing a minuetor war-dance depending on the occasion, andgenerally amassing a body of heroic sagaunrivalled by any single figure in thecolonies.From: James L. Pethica and James C. Roy (Ed.s) ‘To theLand of the Free from this Island of Slaves’ , HenryStratford Persse’s Letters from Galway to America, 1821-1832, (Introduction p. 47), Cork University Press 1998.~ Sir William Johnson ~
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