Episode 45: Darragh Ó Héiligh Interview (Uilleann Pipes)


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On the creation of Ceol FM, on equal access; on finding the pipes, on creating community and space for upcoming players, and on seeing a need and acting on it.

Darragh Ó Héiligh is a phenomenal uilleann pipe player from Drogheda. He has tirelessly worked to grow and share Irish music, not only within his town with Music At the Gate, but also nationally and internationally with his innovative digital radio station Ceol FM.

As you'll hear in the episode Darragh is a great man for playing the tunes but the names escape him. So with that said, a huge thank you to Paddy Cummins for sending us the names of these via our website.

In this episode Darragh plays:

Ormond Sound / The Merry Blacksmith - the first tune was composed by Tipperary's Paddy O'Brien and the second is traditional.

The Rambling Pitchfork / O'Sullivan's March - two traditional tunes.

Chief O'Neill's Favourite / Kenmare Bay - the first is traditional and the second was composed by John Dwyer of Co. Cork.

An t-athair Jack Walsh / Speed the Plough / The Coalminer - all of these are traditional tunes. There is another reel also called Speed the Plough and is not related to this one. This one is often called Cronin's too.

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Right that's it, enjoy!
Darren & Dom


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