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Irish Music | Beautiful Celtic Music | Traditional Irish Folk Music. The Encyclopedia of Traditional Celtic Music. Uilleann Pipes, Chanters, Practice Pipes at Traditional Celtic Music. Uilleann pipes (pronounced ill-in) are a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes that is unique to Ireland. The word Uilleann is Irish for elbow, referring to the method used to play bellows-driven pipes. To fill the bag with air, the piper compresses the bellows by squeezing them between elbow and ribs. These pipes have many aliases, including elbow pipes, union pipes, and Irish pipes.

Uilleanns—like Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish smallpipes, and Border pipes—are quiet enough to be played indoors, unlike their mouth-blown cousins the Great Highland Bagpipes and Irish warpipes, which are for outdoor use only. Of the more than 200 types of bagpipes found across the globe, Uilleann pipes have earned a reputation as the most complex (and difficult to play) of all. For a guide to the various types of bagpipes used in Celtic music and some of the basic differences, refer to the pipes introduction. Historical Notes That Sweet Second Octave This range, however, causes a few problems of its own.

Celtic Artists. 1 + 351 - 59 Why is this #1? The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music ; 2 + 294 - 57 Why is this #2? The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music ; 3 + 571 - 191 Why is this #3? Paddy and the Rats 4 + 235 - 84 Why is this #4? The Pogues Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock ; 5 + 236 - 75 Why is this #5? Gaelic Storm Celtic rock, Celtic music ; 6 + 181 - 37 Why is this #6? Runrig Celtic rock, Folk rock ; 7 + 174 - 47 Why is this #7? Lúnasa Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music ; 8 + 277 - 200 most listed & ranked high on reranks Why is this #8? Celtic music. Celtic music is a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe.[1][2] It refers to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded music and the styles vary considerably to include everything from "trad" (traditional) music to a wide range of hybrids.

Often the melodic line moves up and down the primary chords in so many songs. There are a number of possible reasons for this: Melodic variation can be easily introduced. These two latter usage patterns may simply be remnants of formerly widespread melodic practices. Often, the term Celtic music is applied to the music of Ireland and Scotland because both lands have produced well-known distinctive styles which actually have genuine commonality and clear mutual influences. Divisions[edit] Alan Stivell at Nuremberg, Germany, 2007 Forms[edit] Festivals[edit] The Celtic music scene involves a large number of music festivals.

Massed pipers at the Lorient festival. Northumbrian Smallpipes, Pipes used in Traditional Celtic Music at Northumberland County, or Northumbria, is located at the northeast corner of England, and shares its northern border with Scotland. Northumberland is also the native region for the pipes which bear its name, the Northumbrian smallpipes (the name is sometimes abbreviated to NSP). All the drones on the Northumbrian smallpipes are mounted in a common stock, and the pipes are bellows-blown. The NSP are unique among British Isles bagpipes in having a closed-end chanter. This design difference makes the NSP the quietest of the Celtic bagpipes. Evolution and the Northumbrians There are no historical traces of bellows-driven pipes prior to the 16th century, so it is likely that they were invented around the middle of that century, the first models probably being imported from Germany.

Throughout most of the 18th century, the basic design and functionality of both Border pipes and Northumbrian smallpipes did not make much progress. Reids to the Rescue Modern Modifications. Pipes: Uilleann, Great Highland Bagpipes, Northumbrian, Scottish Smallpipes, Border Pipes, in Traditional Irish & Celtic Music. Like many Celtic instruments, pipes are known by many names and come in a multitude of flavors.

There are Great Highland Bagpipes, Irish Warpipes, Uilleann Pipes, Union Pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, Chuisleann Pipes, Border Pipes, Lowland Pipes, Irish Pipes, pastoral pipes, shuttle pipes, elbow pipes, parlor pipes, and even kitchen pipes. Lest all of this get too confusing, it's possible to quickly boil all of these varieties down into two main categories, based on the method used to fill the instrument's bag with air: mouth-blown pipes, which must be played outdoors (unless you live in an airplane hangar), and bellows-blown pipes, which are quiet enough to be played indoors.

Regardless of the type of instrument being played, the principles of piping remain the same. Mouth-Blown Pipes When most of us think of bagpipes, the Great Highland Bagpipe, played by a kilt-wearing Scot, is the sound and image that immediately springs to mind. Northumbrian Smallpipes. The Bodhran - Irish frame drum - Bodhrán - Celtic-Instruments. Featured Product: The bodhrán or Irish frame drum is a small handheld drum consisting of a goatskin playing surface stretched over a wooden frame. It resembles a tambourine, minus the brass jingles, and has been referred to as the "poor man's tambourine. " The drum can be struck with the hand, "finger style," but most Celtic percussionists strike the drumhead with a double-headed knobbed stick, known as a tipper, a cipín or beater.

Several different types of wood are used in bodhran manufacture, including redwood, rosewood, birch, oak, ash, and willow. It is common for drum makers to insert wooden crossbars spanning the underside of the drum frame. Today, bodhrans can be made to be tunable, allowing the player to tune the pitch and compensate for shifts in temperature or humidity that may affect the sound of the drum. Scottish Fiddle OrchestraCD: £11.80.