Nicholas Carolan on the terminology of 'uilleann pipes' - free download

The story of how the term ‘union pipes’ came into public use begins with a concert performance in London on 14 May 1788 (225 years ago on this day!) Today Nicholas Carolan publishes a specialist essay on the terminology of the native Irish bagpipes now called 'uilleann pipes'. This exclusive PDF download is now freely available from the ITMA website.

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'Courtney's "union pipes" and the terminology of Irish bellows-blown bagpipes' / Nicholas Carolan

Dublin: Irish Traditional Music Archive, 14 May 2012 (version 1.0)

This is a specialist essay on the terminology of the native Irish bagpipes now called 'uilleann pipes'. They have also been known in the past as 'union pipes', a term introduced in a concert performance in London in 1788 by an Irish bellows piper named Denis Courtney. The essay is also an experiment in the rolling publication of information emerging from ongoing digitisation projects.