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Sunday, 2 March 2014
Traditional Irish Instruments - Irish bagpipes
In Ireland have been two types of bagpipes. The first ones to
be documented in the 1500’s was the Great Irish Warpipes(píob mhór; literally "great
pipes"), an instrument similar in design to the Scottish bagpipes. It is
called Warpipes because they were, like in Scotland, used as an instrument of
war. An Irish Gaelic version of “Fierabas” may contain the first reference to
warpipes: the quote “sinnter adharca agus
piba agaibh do tinol bur sluaigh” translates as “let horns and pipes be
played by you to gather your host.” The manuscript may date to the 15th century
and the writer may have had bagpipes in mind. Even Galilleo’s father (musician Vincenzo
Gallilei), mentions the Irish pipes in a 1581 work. In “The Image of Ireland,”
poem by John Derricke, published in the same year, there is mention of the
Irish warpipes as form of communication in battle.
It seems that the Warpipes disappeared from Ireland in the
19th century. By then another type of Irish bagpipes became popular.
The “new kids in the block” were the ‘pastoral’ or ‘union pipes’ or píobaí
uilleann (literally, "pipes of the elbow").
Amongst the bagpipes the Uilleann pipes are the most
complex, they come as a learning set, the half-set and the full-set.As an instrument, the Uilleann pipes
are composed of the following parts:
bag, bellows, chanter, drones and regulators.
The Uilleann pipesappeared in the 1700’s, played by gentlemen and clergy alike. The most
known players in the 20th century are Paddy Moloney, Liam O’Flynn,
Paddy Keenan, Davy Spillane and others. Uilleann pipes has been an instrument
played mostly by ‘traveller’ families, most notably by the Keenans, Dorans,