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Uilleann Pipes Demonstration 31 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

Join pipe makers and players from Na Píobairí Uilleann and see how these intriguing native Irish instruments are made – starting from the surprising beginnings of just a few small pieces of wood.

Learn about the craft of making these instruments, their fascinating history and watch pipe reeds being made live before your eyes. You can even have a go at playing a set of pipes making some fun and musical sounds with them. Be sure to ask the pipers lots of questions - you’ll be amazed to learn about all the strange pipes, materials and tools involved in this intricate process.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 when there were less than 100 uilleann pipers remaining. Now, over 46 years later, NPU is a thriving arts organisation dedicated to Sharing the Sound of Ireland through Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation's commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes.

The aims of the Na Píobairí Uilleann society are to perpetuate the spirit of the music, in particular the playing of the pipes and the production and maintenance of the instrument itself. To achieve these aims the single most important facet of the Society’s activities is the teaching of the uilleann pipes, especially to young people, as it is through this that the playing of the instrument will increase, prosper and develop. The degree to which the work of the Society has borne fruit is reflected in the number of pipemakers, many professional, now producing pipes - about forty throughout the world.