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Tionól & Donations.

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I'm tired and emotional after returning from NPU's annual Tionól in Listowel, Co Kerry. It was a fine weekend of piping, and related activities and diversions.

My computer, the one on which I'm set up to record, seems to have given up the ghost, so no tunes for a few days until I'm sorted there. In the meantime, I just wanted to draw your attention to the link to the 'NPU Donations' page of the Na Piobairí Uilleann website which can be accessed by clicking the logo pictured above as it appears in the 'links' menu on the right hand side of this page. If you enjoy this webcast, and would like to support the playing and teaching of the uilleann pipes, then please consider making a small donation so as to help NPU carry out their aims via a broad and very prolific programme of events and publications.

Many thanks to all who continue to check in to The Errant Elbow.

Regards,

Harry.

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I've been playing this jig for the last couple of days after being reminded of Tommy Reck's lovely rendition of it that can be found HERE.

This one can found in Breathnach's Ceol Rince na hÉireann vol. 1 accredited to the Dublin piper John Potts, although it's likely that Breathnach transcribed it from Reck and put it to Potts' name (it's almost note-for-note as Reck plays it in CRE, but both Reck and Breathnach were piping pupils of Potts', so it is likely very close to how Potts played it). The monk, or 'Brother', in question is Brother Gildas, a piping member of the De le Salle order who was a frequent visitor to Potts.

There's a load of nice tight-ish articulation and open articulation in the Reck setting. I found it quite challenging to get the high 'A's in the second part to sit well, but it's all about 'less is more' up there where this old gem is concerned IMO.

I originally learned the more popular version of this from recordings of Galway fluter Paddy Carty.

Regards,

Harry.

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