Traditional Irish Uilleann Pipes--Best Celtic Music On YouTube
Uilleann Piper Cillian Vallely
Uilleann Pipes: The Sound Of Traditional Ireland
The traditional Irish Uilleann Pipes...or elbow pipes...differ from the more familiar Scottish...Great Highland...bagpipes in a number of ways. The skirl of the Scottish Pipes, has been used for centuries to inspire troops and intimidate enemies. The sweet lilting sound of the Irish pipes, on the other hand, cradles your heart gently as with a lament, or tickles it playfully as with a jig or a reel. They can simultaneously bring a smile to the lips and a tear to the eye. You don't have to be Irish, nor need it be St Patrick's Day, to fall under their spell, though it is the perfect music for St Patricks Day.
This lens will focus not so much on the technical aspects of the instrument, nor on its history, as much as it will spotlight a couple of my favorite performances on YouTube. If you're familiar with the pipes, you may recognize some, but not all, of the players. Have you got a favorite Uilleann Piper you love to listen to on Saint Pats Day?
This lens features the virtuoso performances of Uilleann pipers, Jim Carroll, Liam O'Flynn, Mick O'Brien, Mikey Smyth, John McSherry, Francis McIduff and Ben Jaber.
If you're looking for Irish garb to wear or give, or other funny stuff to wield on Saint Patty's Day, you'll find a selection of at Swisstoons, sampling of which can be seen at the bottom of this pageIf you enjoy this Irish bagpipes music, you can share this page by clicking on any of the buttons to the right! Thank you!
I wish you good listening and an early Happy St Patty's Day!
Credit: Photo of piper Cillian Villelly is by David M. Jensen (Storkk)
"One Starry Night" By Uilleann Piper Jim Carroll
Not To Be Confused With Don McLean's Similarly Titled, "Starry Starry Night" Which Pays Tribute To Vincent Van Gogh.
I have tried to research the origins of this song and to find the lyrics with no success.
A comment on the YouTube page suggests that it might be a traditional Irish drinking song. Whatever it’s origins, piper Jim Carroll does it proud “live” from his living room in Nottinghamshire, England. This was the first performance on the Uilleann Pipes that I found on YouTube, and it’s still one of my favorites. I must’ve listened to it a hundred times by now. Take a listen and see if you aren’t hooked, as well.
Jim Carroll Performs One Starry Night
Ben Jaber on Uilleann Pipes - Zac Leger on Bouzouki
I love this video. It's great St Patricks Music!
Thanks to Sandra Lynn Sparks (See Comments below) for introducing me to the music of multitalented Zac Leger. Mr. Leger is an accomplished Uilleann Piper...and more. Here, he accompanies on the bouzouki his friend, Uilleann Piper Ben Jaber. I will let Zac introduce the performance in his own words (taken from his YouTube channel):
"A few tunes with my good friend Ben Jaber at his place in San Diego. Fueled by Orange Crush and Lefty's pizza! Ben is a stunning piper and flute player and also an amazing french horn player. The tunes are The Old Bush, the Jolly Tinker, and a great reel we learned off the playing of Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson. If anyone knows the name, please let us know. Ben's pipes are by Kirk Lynch. Zac's bouzouki is by Joe Foley."
(Catch the three "river reels" by Ben and Zac further down this page!)
Ben Jaber on Uilleann Pipes - Zac Leger on Bouzouki
Celtic Duelling Uilleann Pipes - See If You're Not Smiling By The End Of This Performance!
Here's the perfect Irish music for St Patricks Day, guaranteed to leave you smiling!
John McSherry and Francis McIduff - Irish Celtic Duelling Uilleann Pipes
Irish Pipes Music & Dance On DVD - Riverdance!
For many Americans, Riverdance was their first exposure to Celtic music. I've seen (on DVD) the original show from Dublin and the New York City show. But I've never seen the Geneva performance. How about you?
The musical show that introduced American audiences to Irish music and dance and made stars out of Irish-American dancers Jean Butler and Michael Flatley. But following a dispute with the producers, by the time the show debuted in New York City, Flatley had been replaced by Irish champion Colin Dunne.
An Amazing Performance by Mikie Smyth! - The Downfall of Paris on the Uilleann Pipes
Irish piper Mikie Smyth plays a full set of Uillean Pipes to perfection. There are three parts to a full set of Uillean Pipes; the chanter, the drones and the regulators. It takes years of practice to become proficient enough to include the regulators in one's play. A piper playing a full set has to pump the bellows with his right elbow while playing the chanter with both hands and operating the regulators with his right wrist. But watch and listen, here, as Mikie Smyth hits full stride minutes into this rendition of...."The Downfall of Paris."
Performance by Mikie Smyth! - The Downfall of Paris on the Uilleann Pipes
You An Uilleann Pipes Fan? - Or Are The Scottish Great Highland Pipes More To Your Liking?
If someone twisted your arm....
Which statement would best sum up your opinion of the pipes?
Uilleann Starter Set without Chanter - Davy Spillane Uilleann Pipes Tutor
So, you love the Irish Pipes, eh? Your new set of Uilleann Pipes has arrived and your are eager to make music, eh? Here's your chance! Davy Spillane Uilleann Pipes Tutor, makes a perfect gift for any musical Irishman or colleen who loves the sound of Ireland and hopes to play reels and airs real soon! Order now, and learn to play by next Saint Pats Day! Learn from one of the very best pipers ever, Davy Spillane of Riverdance fame!
Ben Jaber on Uilleann Pipes & Zac Leger
More great Saint Pats music from Ben Jaber on pipes and Zac Leger on guitar as they perform three island reels, “The Lady on the Island,” “Beare Island Reel,” and “Spike Island Lasses.”
Ben Jaber on Uilleann Pipes; Zac Leger on Guitar
Calling All Uilleann Pipers And Wannabe Uillean Pipers - Learn More About This Amazing Instrument From One Of The Masters
Mikie Smyth from Dublin, Ireland, began studying the pipes at the age of nine. Today, he is one of Ireland's most highly acclaimed teachers. Read more about him here. His contact information is included.
- A Short Bio of Master Uilleann Piper Mikie Smyth
Follow this link to learn more about Mikie, whose performance you can see and hear above.
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