Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 48, Page 9

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 48, Page 9
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Píobaire, An
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9~ Postage Stamps ~Coinciding with an internationalPhilatelic exhibition in Dublin, AnPost, the Irish Postal Service havelaunched the second phase of their IrishMusic stamp series.Planxty, De Dannan, The Bothy Band and theTulla Ceílí Band, four of Irelands’ mostrenowned and best loved groups are featuredin performance on the new stamps.The series of four stamps celebrates the phe-nomenon and the legacy of Irish traditionalmusic. The bands are captured at the height ofthe trad boom during the purple patch of theseventies. Each of the stamps is painted byIrish artist Finbarr O’Connor, with typogra-phy by Steve Simpson.Planxty (55c stamp) began playing in theearly 70’s and became an immediate successat home, in the UK and Europe. Planxty revi-talised the Irish music scene with a set of folkand traditional songs and tunes performedwith an unusual line-up of instruments thatincluded bouzouki, mandolin and guitars withuileann pipes, bodhrán and tin whistle. Thegroup reformed during 2004 proving that nowas in the 70’s Irish acoustic music can be anexhilarating experi-ence. De Dannan (55cstamp) formed in1974 and took theirname from theTuatha De Dannan,a mythical IrishTribe. De Dannantrademarks includetheir rhythmicsound and agreat willing-ness to experi-ment, demon-strated inrecordings ofthe Beatles,Handel andQueen. Theband is one ofthe most influ-ential bands inIrish traditionalmusic and while the vocalists with DeDannan have frequently changed they readlike a Who’s Who of Irish music. The Bothy Band (82c stamp), or the Bothies,also first got together in 1974 debuting atTrinity College Dublin in 1975. The bandwas noted for the musicians’ highly energeticlive performances including fiddle, pipes andflute. Their fire and talent has long outlastedthe group’s brief and brilliant history. Someperformances were captured by the BBC andhave been released as an album.The Tulla Céilí Band (82c stamp) was formedin 1946 from a group in east Clare taking partin that year’s Limerick Fleadh. Still goingstrong today, the band is now together forover 60 years and has undergone manychanges of personnel in this time. Theirsuperb music and individual style features tra-ditional céilí rhythms played with a livelyswing and continues to win fans in Irelandand abroad.The above information is taken from the website of AnPost – www.anpost.ie/AnPost/News+and+Information –where these stamps can be ordered.
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