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May
19
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Notes & Narratives – Nick Whitmer: The Rise & Fall of Piping in America, 1870-1940
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Nick Whitmer’s presentation will explore the period between the 1870s and the 1930s when there was a mini-golden age of uilleann piping activity in the United States. For a time there were an unusual number of players and a few instrument and reed makers to support them. Performance standards were high. By 1940 interest had withered away and only a few diehards remained. The presentation will look at this rise and fall, with lots of images and a surprise or two.

The talk will take place in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and will start at 8:30pm on Thursday 19th May 2022. Admission is €10 (concession rate €5). Tickets are available through Eventbrite or contact the office at info@pipers.ie or by phone +353-1-8730093. For those unable to attend in person, it will also be live streamed for free through our channel NPU-TV.

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents Notes & Narratives – a series of monthly performance-based lectures on traditional music, song and dance by some of Ireland’s finest traditional artists.

Supported by The Arts Council.  

Apr
21
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Notes & Narratives – Niamh Ní Charra: 100 Years of Women in Irish Traditional Music
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Niamh Ní Charra: 100 Years of Women in Irish Traditional Music

This presentation explores the women who have contributed to Irish music over the last century or so. It will showcase both well-known and lesser-known musicians, while highlighting the gaps in the list and in our knowledge and will examine some of the complex reasons for these gaps.

Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, County Kerry. Strongly influenced by a wealth of local Sliabh Luachra musicians, she is a multiple award winner on both fiddle and concertina. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with her own band as well as with various groups and shows including Riverdance and Carlos Núñez. In 2020, she released a 5th album “Donnelly’s Arm” which has received much critical and public acclaim.

Aside from her work as a performer, Niamh is a professional archivist and is currently project manager and project archivist for the Conradh na Gaeilge and Mary Robinson collections in the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the Communications and Campaigns officer for the Archives and Records Association Ireland. She is a founding member and archivist for the volunteer campaign group FairPlé established in 2018, which aims to achieve gender balance in production, performance, promotion and development of Irish traditional and folk music. Niamh is also a co-host of the archives podcast series Archive Nation.

The talk will take place in 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and will start at 8:30pm on Thursday 21st April 2022. Admission is €10 (concession rate €5). Tickets are available through Eventbrite or contact the office at info@pipers.ie or by phone +353-1-8730093. For those unable to attend in person, it will also be live streamed for free through our channel NPU-TV.

Na Píobairí Uilleann presents Notes & Narratives – a series of monthly performance-based lectures on traditional music, song and dance by some of Ireland’s finest traditional artists.

Supported by The Arts Council.  

Apr
5
Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile
Leo Rowsome Unissued Recording from April 1928 added to Archive
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Leo Rowsome - Uilleann PipesLeo Rowsome was born 5th April 1903. To mark his birthday, we are delighted to share a previously unissued recording of his piping.
These two set dances, Rodney’s Glory and Bonaparte’s Retreat, were recorded by Leo Rowsome in April 1928.
The record was a test pressing and was never commercially released. 94 years after the recording was made, it is now publicly available for the first time through online archive here.

Special thanks to Helena Rowsome Grimes for sharing the record. Thanks also to Harry Bradshaw for transferring the record and completing the sound restoration work.

We hope you enjoy the music!

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