Thursday, November 21, 2013

Four day festival of bagpiping to be headlined by Fred Morrison

Fred Morrison
Fred Morrison (Photo credit:
LEGENDARY Scottish piper Fred Morrison will headline a four day festival of bagpiping in the old Third Presbyterian Church in Great James’ Street this weekend.
The former Capercaillie star is the main event of Féile Píobairí Uilleann 2013 - the third international piping festival organised by the local uilleann piping fraternity.
But whilst the Scottish maestro - proficient on Great Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, low whistles and the Irish uilleann pipes - is an undoubted highlight the four day event will also feature reed making classes, video workshops and a mini pipe band competition.
The festivities kick off on Thursday (November 21) in Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin on Great James’ Street with reed making classes from 3pm.
This will be followed by video workshops featuring past pipers at 7pm and recitals by local pipers from 8pm.
Friday (November 22) will continue in the same vein but will conclude with recitals from renowned national pipers Paddy O’Hare, Ciaran McPhilemy, Jason Rouse, Tom Clark and Cormac O’Brian.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tonight : ITMA Goodman Recital, Lecture & Book Launch

TUNES OF THE MUNSTER PIPERS 2 : Irish Traditional Music from the James Goodman Manuscripts Volume 2 Edited Hugh & Lisa Shields
An important new book publication from the Irish Traditional Music Archive will be launched at 6.30 pm on 20 November 2013 in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at a recital-lecture on Canon James Goodman and his music manuscripts by uilleann piper Peter Browne and ITMA director Nicholas Carolan. Lisa Shields, editor of the volume, will speak. The publication completes a two-volume edition of the manuscript collection of Irish music written by Canon James Goodman in the 1860s and preserved in the Library of Trinity College. The recital-lecture will be the opening event of a lecture series related to the current TCD music exhibition In Tune: A Millennium of Music in Trinity College Library.
The volume contains 536 song airs, dance tunes and other forms, along with extensive documentation. These tunes provide a unique insight into the musical traditions of the Irish-speaking southern regions of pre-Famine Ireland. The first volume of the edition, edited by Hugh Shields in 1998, contained 515 tunes obtained by Goodman from ‘Munster pipers &c.’. This second volume includes all other Goodman melodies from oral sources, along with unpublished melodies from manuscripts to which he had access; it omits those copied from printed sources. It is accompanied by a substantial online index of research information on the whole Goodman collection.
Dr Hugh Shields (1929–2008), a native of Belfast, was Senior Lecturer in French in Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow of the college. He collected, studied and published traditional song and music from the 1950s. Lisa Shields, a player of concertina and uilleann pipes, is a graduate in modern languages from TCD. She is former Librarian of the Irish Meteorological Service.
Published in hardback and paperback, A4 format, xxx+282 pp., illustrated introduction, bibliography, indexes. ISBN 978-0-9532704-5-3 (hardback); 978-0-9532704-6-0 (paperback).
The volume will first be available for purchase on the night of the launch – cost: €25 (paperback), €35 (hardback) – and thereafter exclusively from the Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, tel. +353-(0)1-661 9699; fax +353-(0)1-662 4585; email queries; website purchase Post .and packing extra (see website Payment by PayPal from website, by cash or cheque.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Finbar Furey - Reed Making MasterClass

Finbar Furey - Reed Making MasterClass

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The local man who hit all the right notes - Dromore Leader

TOWARDS the end of the 18th century the face of Europe was changed by a wave of cultural and creative activity.

Banbridge’s own blind piper. William Kennedy was part of that upheaval, according to a book entitled ‘A Biography of the Blind’ written by James Wilson in 1821, containing an interview with William Kennedy, who was still alive.

William Kennedy was born near Banbridge in 1768. He lost his sight when he was four years of age. When he was thirteen he was sent to Mr Moorehead in Armagh to learn how to play the fiddle.

At that time it was customary to send blind children to train as musicians so that they could earn a living. William made good progress and stayed there for over a year lodging with a cabinet maker who taught him how to use tools.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Uilleann pipes and the travelling musicians

Marcas to deliver Pipers’ Club lecture in Dublin

Published on 06/04/2013 08:50

This year’s recipient of TG4 Lifetime Achievement Award The Pipers Association of Ireland (Cumann na bPíobairi Uilleann) has invited well-known Derry flautist and teacher Marcas Ó Murchú to deliver their May lecture.

These lectures are a series of monthly performance-based lectures on traditional music, song and dance by some of Ireland’s finest traditional artists.

The topic will be “Irish musicians in 20th century USA - some aspects of their human story”.