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IRTRAD-L  September 1998

IRTRAD-L September 1998

Subject:

Pipers' Tionol

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Connie Scanlon <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 11 Sep 1998 11:03:09 -0500

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Dear Listees,

The following info was emailed to me by John Gaffney regarding the Uilleann
Pipers' Tionol next weekend in Chicago at the Celtic Fest in Grant Park.
We thought this might be of some interest.

All the best
Connie Scanlon




FROM:   John Gaffney
Chicago Uilleann Pipers' Club
604 Killeen Court
Harvard, Illinois 60033
(815) 943-0611


The Chicago Uilleann Pipers' Club is proud to announce it's First Annual
Chicago Uilleann Pipers' Tionol.  Scheduled for September 19, 1998, the
tionol will be held at DePaul University, Downtown Campus, The Music Mart
Building, 333 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois.  The tionol is being
held in conjunction with the Chicago Celtic Fest.  Celtic Fest is being
held in Grant Park, a few blocks away from the tionol site, from September
18th through the 20th.

A "tionol" is a gathering of Irish uilleann pipers.  Traditionally at a
tionol, pipers attend workshops on all aspects of Irish uilleann piping.
Classes and workshops will be held in pipe playing (novice, intermediate
and advanced), pipe maintenance and construction, reed making and the
history and playing of the Irish uilleann pipes over the years.  Such
events are critical to the perpetuation of uilleann pipe playing.  Most
uilleann pipers take up the instrument in isolation, and struggle to learn
the intricacies of what has been called the most advanced bagpipe in the
world.  This tionol allows individuals to gather together with other
pipers, to share information, technique and the love of a truly noble
instrument and tradition.

The popularity of uilleann pipes has grown tremendously in the past few
years.  With the advent of "Riverdance" and players such as Paddy Keenan
and Liam O'Flynn, the interest in uilleann piping has reached an all time
high.  Indeed, the use of the uilleann pipes in the soundtracks of such
popular movies as "Braveheart", "Titanic" and a host of television and
radio shows and commercials is a testament to the growing popularity of
this amazing sound. At a recent tionol in St. Louis, Missouri, over 40
pipers and their families gathered to share information and play music.

Five well known teachers have joined the tionol and will be presenting a
variety of classes.  Some, like Al Purcell of Sterling Heights, Michigan,
are world renowned players, often traveling back to Ireland to teach at
such well known venues as the Willy Clancy Music Week in Milton Malbay.
Other teachers include Chicago pipers Brendan McKinney and Kevin Henry,
B.C. Childress (a nationally renown uilleann pipe maker from
Massachusetts), Tim Britton (a well respected maker and player from
Fairfield, Iow) and David Daye, an uilleann pipe maker who has invented a
unique method for constructing a set of uilleann pipes at home.

The following classes are scheduled:

Intensive Uilleann Pipe Workshop - Taught by Al Purcell, this three hour
work shop will explore all aspects of uilleann pipe construction, tuning,
technique and playing.  Using visual and audio aids, Al will be available
to answer questions regarding all aspects of uilleann pipe playing.  Al
recently presented this workshop at the Willy Clancy Summer School in
Miltown Malbay, to rave reviews.

Reed Making - Learn all aspects of making reeds for the uilleann pipes.
Cane selection, gouging, sanding, staple construction, shaving reeds,
bridle position and tuning will be covered.  Section A taught by B.C.
Childress, Section B taught by Kevin Henry.

Beginning Piping - Designed for those new to the pipes, this class will
cover the basics, such as strapping on the pipes, bag position, fingering
and playing basic tunes.  As well, a section on trouble-shooting your pipes
and minor adjustments will be presented.  Taught By Brendan McKinney or Tim
Britton

Intermediate Piping - Designed for those with experience on the pipes, this
class will cover more complicated tunes and ornamentation such as crans,
rolls, tipping, popping and staccato playing. Taught by Brendan McKinney or
Tim Britton..

Advanced Piping - For the serious player, this class is designed for
accomplished pipers wanting to polish skills and technique.  Complex
ornamentation, regulator playing and other advanced technique will be
discussed.  Taught by Al Purcell.

Pipe Maintenance and Repair - As so many pipers don't have access to makers
or even other pipers locally, being able to diagnose problems and make
repairs is an essential skill for all players.  B.C. Childress, a
nationally respected maker from Massachusetts, will teach all the essential
skills needed to maintain and repair your pipes yourself.

Penny Chanter and Half Set Construction - When David Daye's idea for
constructing a set of uilleann pipes at home hit the Internet, it caused a
sensation.  David's method lets you build a fully functional chanter and
set of drones from materials available at any hardware store.  Easy to
reed, many players are now building their own pipes at home, allowing them
to start learning without the long wait often associated with purchasing a
set of pipes.

Whistle Playing - A constant companion in the pipe box, whistle playing is
something every piper needs to know.  Designed for beginner and
intermediate players, this class will touch briefly on the basics and then
go on to explore ornamentation, such as rolls, triplets and tonguing.
Taught By Brendan McKinney.

Informal Session - Just like it sounds, this class will give players a
chance to play a tune or two while swapping reeds, stories and info with
fellow pipers.

Teacher's Concert - Participating teachers will gather to play a concert of
your favorite jigs, reels and slow airs.  Open to the public, the teacher's
concert is something you simply can't miss.

Participant Concert and Mighty Session - A concert open to all
participants, a sign-up sheet will allow pipers to share what they learned
during the day.  After the concert, there will be a mighty session opening
with the "Massed Uilleann Pipe Melee", where we will crowd the stage to get
as many pipers as possible  playing  a short medley of tunes (When Sick Is
It Tea You Want; The Maid On The Green; Ward's Jig).  Afterwards, a session
open to all will be held.  The concert and session are scheduled to be held
in the Irish piping tent at Celtic Fest, where food and beverage are
available in plenty.

Further information and a registration packet can be obtained from:

John Gaffney
Chicago Uilleann Pipers' Club
604 Killeen Court
Harvard, Illinois 60033
(815) 943-0611
E-mail - [log in to unmask]

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