Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music, The
428 Reels & Jigs from the pen of master uilleann piper Leo Rowsome.
A unique collection of reels and jigs, including an illustrated introduction by Helena Rowsome and a facsimile of Leo Rowsome’s Tutor for the Uilleann Pipes (1936).
This unique publication is timely and historic. It is evocative of the mammoth role played by Leo Rowsome – Rí na bPíobarí – in the Irish traditional music sagaand the ultimate resurgence of our native music.
The indomitable and inspirational Leo Rowsome was one of the foremost architects of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann; the founding branch of the movement – Cumann na bPíobarí Uilleann – now proudly bears his name.
The name Rowsome will always be synonymous with the music of Ireland.
Traosláim le gach éinne a thug an saothar seo I gcrích.
– Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate in having had Leo Rowsome as my first uilleann pipes teacher. After all, together with being a wonderful teacher, he was master of the art of piping and pipe-making. He made my first ‘practice’ set and since then I have always played a Rowsome set of pipes.
My weekly visits to Leo were pure enjoyment. I remember him with great affection and owe him a great debt of gratitude. His legacy will endure.
– Liam O’Flynn
The twentieth-century revival of uilleann piping and pipe making is due in no small way to Leo Rowsome’s loyalty and dedication to the art. His mastery of the pipes and unique generosity in passing on the tradition through teaching earned him, appropriately, the title ‘King of the Pipers’.
Leo, you endeared yourself to generations of musicians, not least the three generations of my own family. Thank you.
– Seán Potts
Leo Rowsome’s lifetime devotion to the uilleann pipes and to traditional music has secured for him an honoured place among the great Irish musicians, past and present.
This book, copied from Leo’s own handwritten notation is a collection of tunes he used to instruct his pupils – many of whom became masters in their own right. Through these musical settings, Leo again extends his influence and unique spirit, a spirit that will inspire greatness. I commend and applaud his daughter Helena for her painstaking work in making available the authentic Rowsome version of thesetunes to all lovers of Irish Music.
– Séamus Connolly
Director, Irish Music & Dance, Boston College