Friday 22 December 2023

Virtuoso Uilleann Pipes from Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn - the Saturday Music post

First time I have seen this bloke playing, and he is superb. 

It is a set of Highland Reels - a fast dance in 4/4 time. He starts by just playing the melody on the chanter, then gradually introduces a little of the regulators (chords, levers played with the right wrist)), and accelerates; then the drone (continuous background from the longest pipes), before using the full range of regulators to support the melody - both as background chords and rhythmically.

Exciting, stunning, and heart-breaking at the same time. And live!


DiGi377 said...

Last October at an Irish music camp I attended a presentation by uillean piper Colm Broderick who was the proud recipient of a set of pipes owned by Liam O'Flynn. I link a story about how he came into posession of the pipes.

There is something almost mythical about passing down an instrument that's been played by more than 1 renowned musician. The reverence given to them imbues them with some quality I can't put my finger on but it reminds me of Elijah passing the mantle to Elisha in the OT - & the folktales of enchanted instruments.

Bruce Charlton said...

I have the highest regard for Liam O'Flynn - his playing was touched by genius:

I agree that each musical instrument is unique - but perhaps especially a set of pipes.

DiGi377 said...

Thanks for the link - a nice set of hornpipes indeed. Merry Christmas!