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Traditional Irish Uilleann Pipes--Best Celtic Music On YouTube

Updated on September 13, 2016

Uilleann Piper Cillian Vallely

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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 HUMOROUS IRISH GIFTS at Swisstoons, a sampling of which can be seen at the bottom of this page..

If 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."

Listen to, and learn more about, these immensely talented and accomplished young musicians on their respective websites, Zac Leger Music and Ben Jaber Music

(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?

Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Riverdance: Live from Radio City Music Hall (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

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."

Outstanding!

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?

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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

Island Reels
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.

Funny Irish T-Shirts, Baby Onesies, Buttons And Mugs

To Wear Or Take To Your Next Ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") Or Your Favorite Pub!

Also perfect for wearing on Saint Patrick's Day!

Humorous Irish and St Pats Products by Swisstoons

You can find all these funny Irish products by clicking on "Humorous Irish" in the first paragraph of this hub, above.
You can find all these funny Irish products by clicking on "Humorous Irish" in the first paragraph of this hub, above. | Source

I'd be interested to know if you've been an afficionado for some time, or if this is your first exposure to the Irish bagpipes?Thumbs up---or thumbs down?

Are You Immune To The Sound Of The Irish Uilleann Pipes? - Let Me Know!

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I had no idea what this instument was. I love the unique Starry Starry Night done from a living room...very pretty!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens! I will tweet it for you! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the Uillean Pipes ... and love this lens! 5 stars and I've joined your fan club! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I used to do gigs with Pat Sky, who not only plays uillean pipes but makes them (or the chanters, at least). What a wrenching, emotional timbre they have! Thanks for this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      And now - I've featured this on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      And now - I've featured this on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Love those pipes! I was tempted to do a jig as I did in my younger days. Still could if I wanted to but might feel a bit of pain tomorrow. 5*s, favored and lensrolled to my Maureen O'Hara lens.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love the music. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @eclecticeducati1: Belated thanks, Lynn, for your Squid Angel Blessing! I appreciate that! Hope you'll stop back for a listen whenever the mood strikes.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The Uilleann Pipes always reduce me to tears. Why is that? You've featured my favourite players here, (Liam O'Flynn is my hero). Blessed by an angel today

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you very much for that blessing, Susanna! Much appreciated. You wouldn't be Irish by any chance, would you? :) That performance by Liam O'Flynn looks like it may have been recorded in....the mid '70's?

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Swisstoons: I'm Australian. We've been here since 1842 but you can't take the Irish out of us :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @SusannaDuffy: Hi, Susanna! My mom and dad were born in Switzerland. But when I listen to the pipes, you can't take the Irish out of me, either. :) (Actually, the Romans called my ancestors, "Helvetic Celts"...so maybe that explains it?)

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      sandralynnsparks 6 years ago

      I've lensrolled your thread to my Celtic lenses, starred and favorited this. I loved my time spent with uilliean pipers over the years - thanks for the lens!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @sandralynnsparks: Thank you very much, Sandra for the the stars, the lensroll and for making this one of your favorites! I am off to explore your lenses.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely lens and great topic. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on How to make Good Music

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @norma-holt: Wow! Thank you very much for your blessing, Norma. I've just come from your amazing lens, Sprinkled With Stardust.

      What a great collection of interesting lenses you've put together. Thank you for adding mine!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dropping by a favourite lens to give it an Angel Blessing :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @LisaMarieGabriel: Thank you very much for those kind words, and special thanks for your Squid Angel blessing! I am heartened to hear that someone who knows music has enjoyed this lens. Makes me think that maybe any errors which may be contained herein are at least not glaring ones. Thank you again! Heading over to enjoy your lenses.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      I absolutely love the Uilleann Pipes -- must be in the genes! There's no sound quite like it. You've done a great job putting this lens together. Thank you! I'll favourite it so I can return again.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @sheilamarie78: Happy to share these selections with you, Sheilamarie! Thanks for commenting. Grab a mug of Guinness (I keep the keg up there behind my avatar), pull up a chair and have a listen anytime! You're always welcome!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, how lovely! I didn't know that the Irish pipes were so different from the Scottish pipes. I find this music much more soothing and enjoyable. Thanks for the education!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you, Jacqueline! Hope you'll stop back often. I love the Uilleann Pipes...but love the stirring sound of the Great Highland Pipes, as well. But I agree, the Irish pipes are more soothing.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      A great little trip to Ireland

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @thesuccess2: Thank you! I think of it that way, too. The video accompanying Davy Spillane's Midnight Walker, especially, sure makes it feel that way.

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      I've only been exposed to bagpipes and didn't quite know what to expect before I hit the play button. Thank you for sharing the sweet music made by Uilleann Pipes with us. Hearing it brought me to a part of the world that I've never set foot on before. (:

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @poptastic: Thank you for stopping by, Arncyn! I'm glad you took a liking to the pipes. I've just returned from reading your excellent lens on the Turbo Convection Oven. What a terrific affordable gadget for the kitchen! That would be a fine Christmas gift for a favorite cook. Giving some serious thought to getting one for myself after reading your lens.

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      kimmie1967 6 years ago

      I had never heard of these Uilleann Pipes but they are beautiful! I love listening to the bagpipes and now I have another form of music to listen to. Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful music.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @kimmie1967: Thank you very much, Kimmie! Hope you'll come back. I've just returned from your informative lens on Agorophobia. An alternative therapy which works well for that problem is acupuncture...and perhaps even more effective (or faster acting) is homeopathy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thumbs Up! Great music style.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you, Dee, for that thumbs up...and for that blessing! Much appreciated! I just came from your Top 20 Comedy Movies of 2010 lens. Anyone looking for laughs should check out your list before heading out to the vid store!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      i am dangerously infected by the irish pipes and the Guinness. thank you for this lens, and for the help to my musical education.now i know definitely much more about the irish music, and love it even more.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @juditpaton: I'm glad you stopped by, Akarki, and glad I could enlighten you a bit about the Uilleann Pipes...just as you enlightened me with you excellent Authentic Paprikash lens and your Qual lens! Not only did they enlighten me; they made me hungry!

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      AslanBooks 6 years ago

      Love the first video of Davy Spillane. I watch it on the 'Riverdance' VHS tape...rewind...watch it again. Amazing!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @AslanBooks: Thanks for stopping by. I agree about Davy Spillane's performance in the Riverdance show. It blew me away. Had it not been for that, I'm sure this lens would not have come about, since I was unfamiliar with the Uilleann Pipes prior to that time. Just cam from your excellent Purple Star-winning Pumpkin Pie Recipes lens. Visitors are bound to find a recipe for ever member of the family there.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love, absolutely love Uilleann Pipes. I can never forget the quote from Braveheart "playing outlawed tunes on outlawed pipes" at the beginning of the movie for the funeral of Braveheart's dad.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you, Mark, for stopping by. An excellent adventure movie! But I believe that while the images presented in the movie gave the impression that it was highland bagpipes being played, it was...as you rightly point out.. Uilleann Pipes that were supplying the actual music in that scene.

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Awesome! Great lens, great selection of videos, loved reading this lens!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ZazzleEnchante: Glad you enjoyed them! I've just come from your outstanding Ultimate Guitar Songs, Hits, Legends! There's a party going on there!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Well, having grown up in Scotland I just love the highland bagpipes. But you've done a good job of persuading me that the Irish can play some great tunes on their Uilleann Pipes too!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @jptanabe: Thank you very much for your comment. I love the Highland pipes, too. Went to a Scottish festival years ago here in Michigan and had a terrific time. More than two dozen bands came from hundreds of miles to perform. I had a great time. Also had a great time visiting your lensmaster page and perusing your outstanding lenses on ancient sites, monuments, and myths.

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Beautiful music, educative lens, great video selection! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ZazzleEnchante: Thank you very much for that SquidAngel Blessing! I just paid an enjoyable visit to your "Pets - CAT vs DOG" lens. Great videos there! :)

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      love the sound of these pipes, my wife's family are Irish and I have been to the emerald isle a number of times

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @John Dyhouse: Thanks for stopping by for a listen. Answer: Irish women, Uilleann Pipes music and Guinness. Question: Name three of Ireland's most delightful exports. :D Please stop back anytime!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I like it. Nice lens.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @SofiaMann: Thank you for commenting, Sofia! I just came from your Remote Control Airplane lens where I was surprised to see how far that hobby had come since I had a model airplane as a kid!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I always loved Irish music even though I'm not Irish. Irish pipes are special, their tone touches my heart.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely, my heart has been cradled and do believe I felt a tickle as I smiled ane wiped a tear. Great intro! You just introduced me to the lovely sound of the Irish uillean pipes and did it beautifully!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you for those very kind words, Susie! Hope you'll come again for another dose anytime the mood strikes you! :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @dahlia369: Thank you very much, Daria! Mine, too! I really enjoyed visiting your Coats of Arms from Slovenia lens. I learned a lot about the country and especially enjoyed the spectacular view of Downtown Ptuj Slovenia with the Drava river and Ptuj castle.

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      lmmclain 6 years ago

      I love the sound of the Irish pipes-very soulful!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @lmmclain: I agree! And soulful, too, is the sound of Lyle Lovett and company on your tasty Beans and Cornbread lens! Some mouthwatering recipes and great photos, too.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love this lens on Uillean Pipes and dropped by (again) - this time to tell you I've featured this tribute on my own pipes lens.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @SusannaDuffy: You're always welcome here, Susanna! Help yourself to a slice of Irish Soda Bread. I've got some around here someplace. Thank you for featuring this one on your pipes lens...the link to which can be found a little further down this page.

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      HaeGee 6 years ago

      Amazing, Tom, I especially love Davy Spillane's Midnight Walker!!!! TWO THUMBS UPPppppp, of course! I can totally relax my mind while listening to the music clips you posted here! All the stars from the galaxy are not enough for this great lens!!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @HaeGee: Thank you for those thumbs up, Ujean! And I've found that the more one listens

      to the Uilleann Pipes, the more enjoyable the sound becomes. I've just come from your Christmas Party Invitations and Holiday Photo Cards lesn...where

      the most beautiful holiday party invitations can be found. If your cocktail

      invitations were larger, they'd be beautiful enough to hang on the wall!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, and I do enjoy Irish pipes. I'm Irish on my mom's side, Scottish on my dad's. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @KimGiancaterino: With all that Celtic blood coursing through your veins, there's just no way you could not love the pipes. :) Thank you for those kind words, Kim! I just paid a visit to your excellent Soprano's Theme Song lens. That the first time I've seen the lyrics in print. I recall reading somewhere (while this outstanding show was still running) that the "blue moon in your eye" signifies what it looks like when you stare up into the barrel of a pistol.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a great introduction to the Uilleann Pipes! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful music.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Margaret Schindel: You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience. I've just come from perusing two of your lenses on a subject I'd never heard of...Precious Metal Clay. Anyone interested in creating jewely and other works of art using this technique could not do better than to check out your very informative lenses!

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      Catalysthere LM 6 years ago

      Sounds of my childhood-Thank you for writing this lens!!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Catalysthere LM: Now you've piqued my curiosity. Were you a player, a listener or a dancer? :) I've just come from your lens on slogan-writing contests. Very interesting!

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      I married an Irish man and his Irish roots are deep so this is the soundtrack of one aspect of our life. Love it. Thanks for the wonderfully entertaining lens.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Barb McCoy: I'm glad you enjoyed my lens! I see that you are a homeschool mom. Your kids are very lucky to be homeschooled. I read recently that homeschool kids have combined SAT scores 6 to 7% higher than the national average! Not bad.

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      I love this music. Must be the bit of Irish blood in me. This lens has been reviewed at Squidoo Lens Review. You can pick up your badge here: http://blog.growwear.com/uilleann-pipe-music/

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful...blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Okay, I think I have spent most of today listening to all the Uilleann pipe songs. I too was mesmerized by Oh Starry Night - such feeling expressed there. Wonderful page. I even liked the rock fusion version and loved seeing the video with images of Ireland. After visiting there in 2008, I know that the music and land are in my blood.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @dustytoes: Hey, Pam! Your super review has only been up a few hours and is already paying big dividends. I did figure out how to put it up in the margin...with your help. Many thanks!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @mbgphoto: Thank you very much for that blessing, MGB! I've just paid a visit to your December Blessings lens. And what a great collection! As a lover of history, the one that caught my eye immediately was the tribute lens to the USS Missouri. It's easy to see why it received your blessing. It is loaded with interesting facts about the ship's storied past, videos and many items which would make perfect Christmas gifts for any history buff.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you, Kim! I might've guessed from that beautiful winning smile of yours that you are an Irish colleen. :) I'm delighted that you enjoyed my selection pipes videos. Have you considered doing a lens on your trip? I think I may have spent as much time exploring your Quantum Physics lens as you spent listening to the pipes. I know I watched a couple of the videos... twice! A fascinating subject, for sure!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Thank you for a passionate introduction to the Uilleann pipes. Congratulations for your review from dustytoes. :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @GrowWear: Happy to do it, GrowWear! And thank you very much for creating the platform which DustyToes used to write her splendid review of this lens for which I am very grateful! I'm grateful to you also for providing the hashtag tips I found on your Purple Star lens. Some useful information there which I plan to put into practice this morning.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Nope not really ... no immunity sought -- as I did just "divorce" an irish man -- I still partake in the blarney from time to time ... oh, not him ... just good old-fashioned blarney and some Irish pipes!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @julieannbrady: His loss, Julie, his loss! You're always welcome to pull up a chair, grab a pint and listen to the pipes! The proprietor has reserved a special table for you. I may even add some of your Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage and Chicken Red Curry in your honor to go with the Irish Soda Bread and Guinness already on the menu! Always a pleasure when you stop by, Julie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Must say that I listened to Davy Spillane the "Uilleann Piper" a few times already! Great site and thanks for introducing me to the Uilleann Pipes!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: You're very welcome, Brian, and thank for dropping by. Anyone with an interest in gangster lore, and particularly, great gangster movies should definitely visit your outstanding lens, "Gangster Quotes." There's a load of stocking stuffers to be found there!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Very Good documentary on pipes. Blessing and Happy New Year

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Michey LM: Thank you very much for your comment and that Angel Blessing, Michaela! And thanks, too, for your interesting and informative lens on Google Caffeine. Despite 2 1/2 years of operating several Zazzle shops and Squidoo lenses, SEO is still confusing for me. I think I've learned a few things from your lens and plan to return to reread it and listen again to the videos.

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      MerryChicky 6 years ago

      I love Celtic music, but had no idea this instrument existed. Thanks for this lens. :)

      PS. Loved the dueling pipes!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @MerryChicky: Hi, Merry! Happy I could introduce you to the Uilleann Pipes and I hope you'll

      stop back for a listen now and then. I enjoyed the heck out of your two

      extremely interesting lenses on home-building with natural materials,

      "Build Your Home With Your Own Two Hands!" and "Don't Be Afraid

      of The Big Bad Wolf. Build with Strawbales!" They will capture the

      imagination of anyone who visits, I'm sure...and will SURPRISE anyone who may at

      first assume (as I did) that such structures might more susceptible to fires

      than other houses.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This lens has long been a favourite. returning today to give it a blessing :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @LisaMarieGabriel: Thank you! Your comment and blessing mean much coming from someone with your knowledge of music. I've enjoyed your fine musical lenses, as well, including your excellent tribute to Leonard Cohen's song, "Hallelujah!"

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      sandralynnsparks 6 years ago

      Thanks for the Zac Leger link; I had the pleasure of playing a wedding with him once, and we both recorded with Michael Robbins. You would have loved the wedding: one of the bridesmaids fainted in the middle of the wedding song and we just kept going; the bridesmaid rallied and kept going right along with us! ;) Happy St. Pat's...

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @sandralynnsparks: Hi Sandra! Wow. I had to search this lens high and low to find the Zac Leger link to whichy you referred (which was added to the lens automatically, I think). And, to be honest (and perhaps ignorant), I had never heard of Zac. So I googled him and discovered that he is a master of many instruments, the Uilleann Pipes being only one of them. He is dynamite on the bouzouki in the video I have just added (immediately above) to this lens. Thanks for the introduction! The swoon that befell that bridesmaid as she listened to your and Zac's music puts the two of you in good company! Didn't Frank Sinatra and the Beatles have this very effect on their respective audiences? :)

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      Tyla MacAllister 6 years ago

      I love the Uilleann Pipes. Of course I enjoy Highland pipes and all other Celtic music,too. There are so many wonderful performances here. I've bookmarked this lens so I can return and hear the beautiful music many times.

      *Lucky Leprechaun Blessings. Happy St. Patrick's Day.*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this great collection of music!

      Congrats on being on the Best of St. Patrick's Day lenses 2011!

      https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-best_...

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Tyla MacAllister: Thank you very much for that Lucky Leprechaun Blessing, Tyla! It's much appreciated. I had a great time visiting your "Classic Monster Movies" lens! Brought back lots of childhood memories of watching them on WXYZ Detroit's "Shock Theater" every Friday night at 11:30 with a big glass of Vernor's Ginger Ale and a bowlful of popcorn..

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you, Kimberly, for honoring my Uilleann Pipes lens by including it on your Best of St. Pat's lens! I just returned from visiting another Best on your list...the one devoted to recipes containing Guinness Stout. Who knew? :D

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wonderful sounds! *SquidAngel Blessed* and featured on "Musical Instrument Angel"!! :)

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      elyria 5 years ago

      The first time I've heard the real sound of pipes was at a friend's wedding in Scotland. I've heard a lot of "warnings" prior to the wedding that the music might not be to everyone's likening but I liked it. You mention that Scottish pipes sound very different from Irish pipes and I agree after checking out the video music. Both are very unique though. Great lens!

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      What a super lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel from Newfoundland - the most Irish part of the world outside of Ireland

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      onlinelab 5 years ago

      Really nice lens, on a really nice instrument! The sound of the Irish pipes always get to me.. :-) Check out my lens on the Swedish Bagpipes, do you know about them? http://www.squidoo.com/swedish-bagpipes

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love being introduced to new music. This was a wonderful introduction to Irish Uilleann pipes. Lovely music and awesome musicians. Thanks.

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      Mike and Karen 5 years ago from Southern California

      This is the first I've heard of this instrument. Thanks for the great lens and info!

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      hysongdesigns 5 years ago

      I love the softer sound of Uilleann pipes! i brought back some CDs from my trip to Ireland a few years ago; unfortunately the Mr took them with him when he split. Thanks for sharing; Ben & Zak rock. love seeing the younger generations playing the old stuff!

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I love the Uilleann pipes!

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      DigitalDreambuilder 5 years ago

      Brings it all back - followed Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains from the early 60s ... always an enchanting sound

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      animotaxis 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, enjoyed the videos.

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      My first exposure thumbs up!

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      DebinSC 5 years ago

      I've just learned something new! Great lens. :)

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      MaryMelindaAnderson 5 years ago

      I love Celtic music! Great lens.

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      TMKtshirts 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I enjoyed watching the videos.

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      CreativeArtDesigns 5 years ago

      Nice lens and great videos.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      the music is great and while i'm not an afficionado i've heard some of the pipe music before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Celtic music - great lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful. Wonderful lens. I love Celtic music. It's magically delicious.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love pipes, I love celtic music! Beautiful showcase of traditional Irish music

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      dahn-yoga lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Great music.

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      The pipes are forever stirring to the soul of a true celt....

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens ... love the music.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2012! All the best of green Irish luck to you.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Appreciating this topic for upcoming St. Patrick's Day celebration here at Northern Virginia. Congrads on your Squidoo Trophy. Conversations helps with new ideas. Thanks.

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      AskAmy LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful lens. I enjoyed it very much :-)

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      Cara 3 years ago

      I love the sound of the Irish or Scottish bagpipes. It always bring a lump to my throat when they start up.

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      Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      Very nice lens with the beautiful sounds of Ireland. Fantastic music from the pipes. Appreciate you sharing the music and lens. Thank You for stopping by my Healthy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Vegan Muffins lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the muffins. Bon Appetit!

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      techgadgeteer 3 years ago

      Nice Irish music. Thanks for sharing those videos.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 2 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you, techgadgeteer! I'm glad you enjoyed them. There's something about the pipes that stirs the heart. But I admit, one either loves them or hates them.

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      Jack from Brooklyn 17 months ago

      I am not Irish, but I am a long-time fan of Ewan MacColl. I must express my thanks for making these performances available!

      Thanks, Jack

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