Píobaire, An, Volume 8, Issue 3, Page 9

Píobaire, An, Volume 8, Issue 3, Page 9
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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An Píobaire
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Píobaire, An 8 3 9 20120622 9 B ALLYBUNNION CHANTERS FESTIVAL is a festival of uilleann piping and tradi- tional singing commemorating the piper Tom McCarthy, who played for many years on the Castle Green in Ballybunnion, County Kerry, until his death in 1904. It will be held on the weekend of 23-25 No- vember 2012, and will feature both local and visiting performers in concerts, workshops, lec- tures and sessions. There will also be an out- reach programme for schools in the Ballybunnion area in the days leading up to the festival proper. The festival is unique in exploring the consid- erable common ground between pipers and singers: many pipers are either singers them- selves or have an interest in singing, and the converse is also true; and many of the airs in the piping repertoire are derived from classic traditional songs in Irish and in English. The festival will be based in The Cliff House Hotel in Ballybunnion; weekend package rates will be available. Contact for festival informa- tion: pauldegrae@eircom.net. Chanters Festival The “Ballybunnion Piper” Tom McCarthy area. He was the first Uilleann piper I ever met and listening to his music set the spark to become a piper myself. He borrowed me a practice set and gave me my first lessons. We soon became close friends, playing together in his private pub, and later in sessions and band as well. Without Mario I would not have gotten involved so deeply with Irish music and the pipes. In 2002 he got his second full set also made by An- dreas Rogge, replacing the first one with a honey colored plum, brass and boxwood mounted set tuned in D and played it with great joy, inspiration and excellence. Mario played those pipes in sev- eral bands, like Extra Stout, Craic and recently Blue Stone playing at many live events and pro- ducing several records on his way. Since 2007 Mario has worked closely with An- dreas Rogge to move Andreas’s workshop and home to its new location, leaving many traces of his excellent woodwork there. His illness came as a surprise to himself and all of us and his quick death struck us all heavily. We sincerely miss Mario and wish him the best on his way to the eternal session, where we all hope to meet him again at the end of our earthly days. Let’s all lift our glasses to the great piper and friend we lost and all miss so badly! Martin Leopold
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An Píobaire, Volume 8, Issue 3

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