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Michael McGoldrick on Uilleann pipes in Christ Church Dublin for Tradfest 2012.
Michael McGoldrick on Uilleann pipes in Christ Church Dublin for Tradfest 2012.
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seamus ennis, god of uilleann pipes
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Uilleann Pipe Maker
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Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn - Uilleann Pipes
Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn - Uilleann Pipes
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John McSherry and Francis McIduff - Irish Celtic Duelling Uilleann Pipes
John McSherry and Francis McIduff - Irish Celtic Duelling Uilleann Pipes
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"Pipes Solo - Lark in the Morning", Cillian Vallely & Alan Murray
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seamus ennis plays a reel
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Uilleann Pipes & Guitar.  Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault
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::2013/10/30::
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Irish Sean Nós Dancing & Irish Uilleann Pipes - Shop Street, Galway.
Irish Sean Nós Dancing & Irish Uilleann Pipes - Shop Street, Galway.
::2013/06/21::
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Uilleann Pipe Braveheart Outlawed Pipes
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::2012/07/25::
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Barry Kerr & Rubén Bada- Uilleann Pipes
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::2007/02/24::
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Wedding Reel/Craig
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Titanic - Hymn to the sea Uilleann Pipes remember [Andzull]
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Rowsome Uilleann Piping Quartet, Sept 2011
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Alexander Anistratov - May Morning Dew (Uilleann pipes)
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The Coolin - Slow Air (Live): Uilleann Pipes, Jim McKenna
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Electro-Harmonix Effectology, Vol.12 The Uilleann Pipes
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Uilleann Pipes
Woodwind instrument
Classification
Hornbostel–Sachs classification Mixed: 422.122.2 & 422.221.1
(Set of reedpipe aerophone)
Developed Mid-18th century to early 19th century across Britain and Ireland[1][2]
Playing range
2 octaves
Related instruments
Musicians
Cushioned bellows

The uilleann pipes /ˈɪlən/ or /ˈɪljən/; Irish: [ˈɪl̠ʲən̪ˠ]) are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. Earlier known in English as "union pipes", their current name is a partial translation of the Irish-language term píobaí uilleann (literally, "pipes of the elbow"), from their method of inflation.There is no historical record of the name or use of the term 'uilleann pipes' before the twentieth century. It was an invention of Grattan Flood and the name stuck. People mistook the term 'union' to refer to the 1800 Act of Union; this is incorrect as Breandán Breathnach points out that a poem published in 1796 uses the term 'union'.[3]

The bag of the uilleann pipes is inflated by means of a small set of bellows strapped around the waist and the right arm (in the case of a right-handed player; in the case of a left-handed player the location and orientation of all components are reversed). The bellows not only relieve the player from the effort needed to blow into a bag to maintain pressure, they also allow relatively dry air to power the reeds, reducing the adverse effects of moisture on tuning and longevity. Some pipers can converse or sing while playing.

The uilleann pipes are distinguished from many other forms of bagpipes by their tone and wide range of notes – the chanter has a range of two full octaves, including sharps and flats – together with the unique blend of chanter, drones, and regulators. The regulators are equipped with closed keys that can be opened by the piper's wrist action enabling the piper to play simple chords, giving a rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment as needed. There are also many ornaments based on multiple or single grace notes. The chanter can also be played staccato by resting the bottom of the chanter on the piper's thigh to close off the bottom hole and then open and close only the tone holes required. If one tone hole is closed before the next one is opened, a staccato effect can be created because the sound stops completely when no air can escape at all.

The uilleann pipes have a different harmonic structure, sounding sweeter and quieter than many other bagpipes, such as the Great Irish Warpipes, Great Highland Bagpipes or the Italian Zampognas. The uilleann pipes are often played indoors, and are almost always played sitting down.

Etymology[edit]

Uilleann is the genitive of the Irish word uille, meaning elbow, emphasising the use of the elbow when playing the uilleann pipes. However, the first attested written form is "Union pipes", at the end of the 18th century, perhaps to denote the union of the chanter, drones, and regulators. Another theory is that it was played throughout a prototypical full union of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. This was only realised, however, in 1800, with the Act of Union; the name for the bagpipe slightly predates this. Alternatively Union pipes were certainly a favourite of the upper classes in Scotland, Ireland and the North-East of England and were fashionable for a time in formal social settings, where the term Union pipes may also originate.[4]

The term "uilleann pipes" is first attested at the beginning of the 20th century. William Henry Grattan Flood, an Irish music scholar, proposed the theory that the name "uilleann" came from the Irish word for "elbow". He cited to this effect William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice published in 1600 (Act IV, sc. I, l. 55) where the expression "woollen pipes" appears. This theory originated in correspondence between two earlier antiquarians, and was adopted as gospel by the Gaelic League. The use of "uilleann" was perhaps also a rebellion against the term "union" with its connotations of English rule. It was however shown by Breandán Breathnach that it would be difficult to explain the Anglicization of the word uillin into 'woollen' before the 16th century (when the instrument did not exist as such) and then its adaptation as 'union' two centuries later.[5]

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