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by Mr.Gumby
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:15 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Different pitch sets...
Replies: 12
Views: 3974

Re: Different pitch sets...

I am an avid reader of old An Piobaires, I am the archival type you know, I don't get out much. In one of them I read Alain Froment made, for the benefit of very young learners, a small set in F. Which he donated to Na Piobairi Uilleann's pipes on loan scheme during the early 1980s. Peter Hunter & c...
by Mr.Gumby
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:04 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: New Member, Hey everybody!
Replies: 41
Views: 11377

Re: New Member, Hey everybody!

What a strange, irrelevant and slightly impertinent question.
by Mr.Gumby
Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

All sorts of people have been pointed out to fiddlerwill when he put the same question to Chiff & Fipple. He is probably aware of your suggestion given his: I know of one piper Milltown way who plays a C set, but no reply as yet. Quite a few pipers are very private persons who don't like their name ...
by Mr.Gumby
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:33 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

Not so sure you have a realistic view of the situation although many discerning pipers would indeed think it more suitable and appropriate to go out and play whistle, flute or whatever they have.
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

My assumption was based on the fact you have solicited pipers in Clare on Chiff & Fipple a good while ago and possibly on thesession as well. I don't know I don't keep track of these things although I do sometimes notice them. Apparently your attempts didn't bear fruit. It also strikes me as odd tha...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

Not sure I intended encouraging you to contact people out of the blue. Just making the point you didn't seem to have used the possible options. But if you think Clonlara is out of the way when you're in East Clare, you have a limited range left to you. I wouldn't encourage a total stranger e-mailing...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

You may be familiar with the story of Martin Rochford working his land when he got the news Johnny Doran had arrived in West Clare. He dropped what he was doing, went in, got his fiddle and walked to Quilty. Dedication. There's Maire Ni Ghráda, she plays in C, B, D. Any pitch really. She'd be conven...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

Maybe we must agree to disagree on the minority thing. I can't get my head around this: You're 'in the fold' and 'in County Clare' and you have to scour around the internet to find a piper. I would think you'd come across a few, even in your local supermarket, it's not a big place, is it?. I'll say ...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

I was under the impression the old tiger had fled with the collectors of mortgage arrears hot on it's heels. And now you tell me he's driving around the backroads in a Toyota Landcruiser or something like that. Well, ride me sideways. Hasn't music always been a minority interest? There's no harm in ...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

It sounds like an endurance test. You mention 'over-commercialisation' , people coming in for entertainment and to pick up drunken women, does that make it a 'commercial festival'?
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

Why would those musicians go play in a noisy place if they can't be heard very well? Don't they care enough about the music they play to find a quiet place?
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

So, a festival is a bunch of people descending on a town in order to drink. Isn't that remarkable. I have heard of places where that happens every weekend but they don't call it a festival. I am surprised and enlightened by that. What a great and unusual place Ireland must be.
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:52 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

I thought the two quotes were self explanatory. There's a certain degree of contradiction in them. I know the principle of Summer School , people go for lessons during the day and are given the opportunity to attend lectures or probably in the case of the 'Willie week' concerts and dances as well. W...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: C [B]sessions
Replies: 53
Views: 14072

Re: C [B]sessions

especially at big commercial festivals like miltown. I thought it was the Willie Clancy Summer School . Never seen it advertised as The Willie Clancy Festival. I would be a bit wary of anyone who described themselves as 'top-tier' I get to play, and am regularly welcomed into the fold amongst some ...
by Mr.Gumby
Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Reeding a Tom White Chanter
Replies: 5
Views: 2686

Re: Reeding a Tom White Chanter

Tom White was making pipes long before Britton got going. There is no reason at all at all to think Tom would have used a Tim Britton reamer. Your best shot is to contact Jimmy McMahon in Wexford (try get his details through NPU) who was close to Tom and used to reed Tom's pipes. He's a good man and...