How Do I Catch Up With My Irish Music Playing Friends?

Phew, this title s a mouthful. I have just watched and listened to a video about the Ullean pipes, a traditional Irish musical instrument. There must be similarities to the bagpipes played in Scotland. Be that as it may, I am more familiar with the recorder and tin whistle and the clarinet.

Morning consort group with Jack Ashworth – at a Recorder Playing Week in Tacoma Washington, 2011
Me (Janet) playing the clarinet – years ago in Dublin
Music making at Ida Culver Assisted Living in Seattle Washington, 2019
Janet (Me) trying to play the bass recorder

Peter’s Pondering Pipes #2

For music lovers.

Peter's pondering

In my first venture into pipe music, here, I introduced the Uilleann pipes, most often associated with the Irish.

The tone of the uilleann pipes is unlike that of many other forms of bagpipes. They have a different harmonic structure, sounding sweeter and quieter than many other bagpipes, such as the Great Irish warpipesGreat Highland bagpipes or the Italian zampogna. Uilleann pipes are often played indoors, and are almost always played sitting down.

Here you can learn a little more about the Uilleann pipes with some interesting historical detail and even a bit of narration in Irish.

And here is a more light hearted look at how the pipes work and sound:

and if you are wondering what the young lady is sitting there for, here is the answer:

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