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The wheels of the world : 300 years of Irish uilleann pipers

Author: Colin Harper; John McSherry
Publisher: London : Jawbone Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First edition
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"One chanter, three drones, three regulators, thirteen keys, too many near-extinctions to mention and 300 years of heroes: that, with a frisson of fairies on moonlit knolls, is the Irish uilleann ('ill-in') pipes. The Wheels Of The World presents an epic tale of triumph and survival, where the soulful heart of a nation has been kept alive across ages by a slender thread of guardians - blind men, eccentrics,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Harper; John McSherry
ISBN: 1908279931 9781908279934
OCLC Number: 921188071
Description: 623 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm
Contents: John McSherry --
Introducing Finbar Furey, Paddy Keenan and Liam O'Flynn --
Finbar & Eddie Furey: a dream in their hands --
Liam O'Flynn: the quiet man --
Paddy Keenan: rakish Paddy blues --
Three kings: Leo Rowsome, Séamus Ennis and Wilie Clancy --
Leo Rowsome: keeper of the flame --
Leo Rowsome at the BBC --
Séamus Ennis: the master outside --
Séamus Ennis at the BBC --
Willie Clancy: the minstrel from Clare --
Johnny Doran: along the road forever --
Only Patsy Touhey --
Uillean piping before 1900 --
Piping in Ulster --
Brian Vallely & Armagh Pipers' Club --
Melody Maker interviews, 1976 & 1978 --
Discographies & sessionographies --
John McSherry tune transcriptions.
Responsibility: Colin Harper with John McSherry.

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"One chanter, three drones, three regulators, thirteen keys, too many near-extinctions to mention and 300 years of heroes: that, with a frisson of fairies on moonlit knolls, is the Irish uilleann ('ill-in') pipes. The Wheels Of The World presents an epic tale of triumph and survival, where the soulful heart of a nation has been kept alive across ages by a slender thread of guardians - blind men, eccentrics, self-aggrandisers, noble heroes, bloody-minded revivalists and at least three people compared to Jimi Hendrix. Uilleann piping is Ireland's equivalent to the story of the blues in America, save that here the trail of legends and lore is richer and deeper by far. It is the sound of 18th-century blues - a microtonal virtuoso machine wielded by misfits and geniuses, often one and the same. This is the story of a continuum, from John McSherry, a 21st-century icon, backwards in time through Paddy Keenan, Liam O'Flynn, Finbar Furey, Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Johnny Doran, Leo Rowsome and Patsy Touhey - at the dawn of recorded sound - and thence to find a litany of unrecorded legends before them. It is also a snapshot of professional Irish traditional musicians, after the gold rush of the late 20th century, keeping calm and carrying on."--Publisher description.

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