uileann-pipes

Cigirí agus píobairí by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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&quot;School House, Ardmore, Staff&quot; Though differing from the <a href=“https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/18426438103/”>diplomatic and academic &quot;hoypaloi&quot; of our recent RIA shot</a>, here we see another group shot with academic overtones from the summer of 1924. These are staff at the Ardmore schoolhouse in Co Waterford. 

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Seamus Ennis, what Eddie Lenihan is to folk stories Seamus was to music.

He worked for the folklore.commission traveling around ireland collecting songs and the stories related to them. By the 70s he was the god of uilleann pipes. He played better than any metal guitar player and was just as brash about it. He knew exactly how good he was.

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Davy Spillane playing the Uileann Pipes. Celtic music is my favorite, especially when played on the pipes!

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Uilleann pipes… I first heard this magnificent instrument when I was in Ireland. A young woman was playing them near an old ruin. Tourist trap type of thing, playing for coins, but i was transfixed even so.

Like bagpipes, but with a sound that seems more nimble. As though a sound could be light on its feet.