and 18th, 2008 featuring Jimmy O'Brien Moran & Patrick
The Great Northern Irish Pipers’ Club
(GNIPC) will be hosting its seventh-annual Tionól May
17th and 18th, 2008.
Tionól (pr. “chuh-nole) is Irish for “gathering” -
in this case- a gathering of uilleann pipers. Our guest pipers/instructors
will be Jimmy O'Brien Moran and Patrick D’Arcy, who (along
with other guests) will be part of a concert Saturday May 17.
The concert will be held at Cherokee
Park United Church, 371 West Baker Street, St. Paul
Concert tickets ($15.00) are available in advance from GNIPC.
You can reserve your tickets by using the ticket reservation
form on your left and simply put the number of tickets you'd
like to reserve in the message area. Tickets will also be available
at the workshops during the day on Saturday, and at the door
Saturday night. The concert gets underway at 7:00 pm on Saturday.
All proceeds support the efforts of the club.
The weekend workshop will consist of two days
of piping instruction. The workshops will be held at the beautiful
and historic Landmark
Center (75 West Fifth Street - map)
in the heart of Downtown St. Paul (the Saturday evening concert
will be at the Cherokee Park United Church). The workshops on
Saturday will be located in the Schubert Club 2nd Floor Museum
Gallery (room 201) from 10:00am to 5:00pm with a break for lunch.
Registration begins at 9:00am on Saturday. Sunday’s workshops
will be from 10:30 until 4:00 and will meet in room 317. Workshops
will be divided into beginner players and intermediate/advanced
players. There will also be sessions on pipe maintenance and
troubleshooting as well as reed making demonstrations.
Fee and registration received prior to May 15 is $60.00
Workshop fee and registration received after May 15 is $65.00
GNIPC Members fee and registration received prior to May 15 is
GNIPC Members workshop fee and registration received after May
15 is $55.00
Everyone is welcome....even if you have never touched a set of
pipes in your life and have no instrument! This is a tremendous
opportunity to rub elbows (if you will) with some of the world’s
greatest pipers, and meet members of our now-thriving uilleann
We are happy and grateful to announce that the 2008 Great Northern
Irish Pipers' Club Tionól will be supported in part by
a grant from Na
Píobairí Uilleann (NPU).
The schedule in now online here.
The GNIPC 2008 Tionól
is supported by Irish
Fair of Minnesota, Irish
Music and Dance Association, Na
Piobaire Uilleann, Summit
Park United Church and the Schubert
Club. Without their
generosity this event would not take place.
The beautiful and historic Landmark
Center in St. Paul -- the site of the 2008 tionól.
Jimmy O'Brien Moran
Jimmy O’Brien Moran was
born in Waterford, in Ireland’s Sunny South East. He began
his interest in Irish music, and piping in particular, through the
group Planxty and the playing of Liam O’Flynn. His piping exploration
led to recordings of Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and others.
Commercial recordings were few in those dark days and everything
piping was gratefully embraced. Armed with a lovely chanter from
Matt Kiernan, and a home-made bag and bellows, Jimmy was given a
beautiful reed by Brian Gallagher on the 28th of May, 1975, and began
the long journey that is piping. Local pipers Tommy Kearney and Donncha Ó Maidín
were generous with their time and advice. Several stints at the Willie
Clancy Summer School improved the technique a bit and in 1977 Jimmy
was invited to record with several other young pipers on the PJ Curtis
album The Piper’s Rock.
Almost 20 years passed before he recorded
his solo CD Seán Reid’s Favourite, dedicated to the
memory of piper and fiddler Seán Reid who had presented Jimmy
with his Colgan set before Seán died in 1978. A devotee of
flat piping he is constantly amazed at the music of Willie Clancy
and has explored some of this through his friendship with that really
great piper Seán McKiernan.
Jimmy has enjoyed invites to tionóil
around the world spreading the true faith and is very much looking
forward to meeting all the pipers at the Great Northern Tionól.
||Patrick D'Arcy hails
from Dublin, Ireland. Regular trips to the Willie Clancy Summer School
as well as tionóil around America have enabled him to learn
from many of today's great players. Touting Tommy Reck, Seamus Ennis
and Willie Clancy as great influences, Patrick now enjoys passing
on his knowledge to students at his home, at meetings of The Southern
California Uilleann Pipers Club and at tionóil whenever the
opportunity should graciously arise.
Comfortably settled in his new habitat of California, he is a founding
member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and its annual
Southern California Tionól.
||About the Uilleann Pipes
The uilleann pipes are a wholly indigenous bagpipe
of Ireland. The word uilleann (pronounced ill-en) is Irish
for elbow - reflecting that these pipes are powered by a bellows
strapped under the player’s arm. Compared to the ubiquitous
Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes, the uilleann pipes play a greater
range of notes and have a softer, sweeter tone. They are played solely
in a seated position. The uilleann pipes are as much a part of the
traditional music tapestry of Ireland as the fiddle, flute and accordion.
Their lineage can be traced back to the mid 1700s. The instrument
reached its zenith in refinement of design by the mid-1800s. The
tumultuous cultural and social upheavels created of the Famine Era
in Ireland closed the chapter on this Golden Age of uilleann piping.
Still the pipes continued to be played by the Irish diaspora right
up through the vaudeville and music hall days of the early 20th Century.
The pipes would have died out in the 1950s had not a few individuals
kept the art of the pipes (and especially pipe making) alive through
those grim years. The resurgence of the folk revival of the 1970s
saw a renewed interest in the uilleann pipes. New craftsmen sought
out the few old makers of the day and attempted to learn methods
of construction from these valuable resources. There are now dozens
of qualified makers of the instrument worldwide. The mid 1990s saw
an explosion in the popularity of Irish music via the pan-global
cultural conduit of Riverdance. In addition to tradional
music venues the uilleann pipes can be heard in TV commercials and
in movie sound tracks such as Titanic, Brave Heart, Rob Roy and Road
to Perdition. There are believed to be about three-thousand
players of the uilleann pipes currently.
© 2008 Minnesota Uilleann Association & The
Great Northern Irish Pipers Club