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David Power. Photograph: Con Kelleher

The 17th-century Gaelic warrior Alisdair MacColla is now all but forgotten, except to specialist historians. But he made a big impression in his time,(...)

Johnny Doran: master uilleann piper

Seventy years ago this week, during the windy night of January 30th, 1948, a wall collapsed onto a man who had been tying his shoelaces at Dublin’s Ba(...)

Rusangano Family:  a sound and a scene that has energised spaces up and down the land. Photograph: Eric Luke

RUSANGANO FAMILY It is indeed a long, long way from Clare to here. Some of the most exciting music going under the umbrella with its 40 shades of gre(...)

Jean Ritchie recording Séamus Ennis playing the uilleann pipes in March 1952. Photograph: George Pickow Image Collection/James Hardiman Library

‘Séamus Ennis was unique,” wrote Ciarán Mac Mathúna, about the singular piper, folklorist and broadcaster on his death in 1982. “Of course every pe(...)

Molly O’Mara: ‘Ireland will always be my homeland, but not my only home. Australia became a home away from home for me. I gathered great friends over the years, ones I find it hard to believe haven’t been in my life since we were in nappies.’

There’s a heap of things I miss from home, one of them is “loads”. My language over time has changed, I’ve started saying heaps instead of loads, c(...)

The natural kinship between pipe, flute and whistle are beautifully explored by Louise Mulcahy in her solo debut. Drawing on a rich well of tunes t(...)

Gay McKeon of Na Píobairí Uilleann: bringing piping skills to Cuba. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Piping hot on a Caribbean island
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  • April 22, 2014, 02:00

On May 1st traditional Irish musicians, headed by singer Damien Dempsey, will host a fund raising event to finance a young Cuban uilleann piper(...)

The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tra(...)

Majestic scenery, cute hoors and Gaelic Football; three of the most difficult things to avoid whilst galavanting through the Kingdom of Kerry. (...)

Piper Liam O’Flynn (left) with artist Shane Gilmore and American couple Judith and Barry Merrill who donated the statue at the unveiling in Miltown Malbay on Saturday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Hundreds of people at the weekend braved showers rolling in from the Atlantic over the village of Miltown Malbay to witness piper Liam O’Flynn unveil (...)

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