At 11:48 AM 5/17/2002 +0200, Johnson Thomas wrote:
>"You mean in light of the fact that they as Americans invented the
>instruments we now consider to be the "standard" uilleann pipes?"
>Interesting, were the Taylors brothers American citizens? Not that it
They it's hardly worth bringing up. They're only half the equation in any
case and there is no doubt that regardless of their citizenship status
(something Americans tend to worry less about than other more
ethnic-purity-oriented cultures) that they were here and did the job and
the Irish American community is as American as it is Irish. It is in fact,
the Irish who more often than not (in some circles only) look to their
American cousins as some sort of less-pure or less-"Irish" mongrelized
offshoot. I find this rather entertaining every time some Celtiphile starts
lecturing about "the pure drop" and then draws most of his repertoir from
O'Neills and the Chicago school in general.
>They were certainly innovators. As far as "standard" uilleann
>pipes go I get the impression that in Ireland at least flat sets are
>becoming more and more common as they were once before,
"Becoming" pretty much disqualifies your suggestion that the Rowsome/Taylor
designs are not the standard. If they were not the standard narrow bores
would not have to "become more common as the were once before."
>amongst experienced pipers. Many of the teachers at, for example, Willie
>Week favour flat sets.
Yes, even though Willie played a concert pitched set in D.
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