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  • In December of 2005, I began learning the Irish bagpipes-typically called the uilleann

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  • Mick O'Brien from Dublin playing The Morning Thrush on the uilleann pipes posted by John at 3: 23 PM

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  • Formed in 1997, Flogging Molly is a seven-person group that incorporates traditional Irish instruments such as tin whistle and uilleann pipes with the familiar power tools of rock and punk, including churning electric guitars and sing-along choruses.

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  • Can't say I; m an expert, but I'm fairly confident they'd be uilleann pipes.

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  • "Harrigan and Braham's songs relied on a pit orchestra," Mr. Moloney said, "and I knew the instruments we play today in Irish traditional music — fiddle, accordion, whistle, uilleann pipes — were fine for the project, but I also wanted a flavor of vaudeville and variety theater in the mix."

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  • The musically precocious son also mastered the uilleann pipes and Jew's harp, and became adept at lilting (akin to scatting in jazz).

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  • They had two guitarists, a traditional flautist, a guy with a set of uilleann pipes, a fiddle player, and a Finnish woman with a bodhrán.

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  • He's playing the Irish uilleann pipe, which I don't play, so I don't feel quite as guilty about my lack of practice as I would otherwise. posted by John at 3: 01 PM

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  • Linn Barnes explained how he strapped himself into the uilleann pipes an Irish bagpipe.

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  • Strange Things Mary Danced With Soldiers The Incident Born and still living in Limerick, Ms. Dunne is the daughter of Mickey Dunne, a highly respected uilleann pipes player and maker.

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  • There’s got to be an interesting story behind this word. The word uilleann is recent to me as applied to the Irish bagpipes (powered by bellows pump as opposed to breath).In the past, the much more common word Aeolian was used. Was that right or wrong? Aeolian, in the sense of musical scales, generally applies to the ancient Greek untempered scale that was based on “perfect” mathematical relationships. I always found that use of the word (re: the Irish pipes) unsatisfactory, because I knew the pipes didn’t use that scale (almost on one does these days). So comes the question, was Aeolian used in the past as a substitute for uilleann? Why? Because Greek is respectable but Galic less so? Whence the word uilleann anyway? Has an increase in the popularity of Irish music brought the word back into usage? Have I just been reading lousy sources for the last twenty-five years?

    August 11, 2009