Friday 16th March | 5.30pm | National Design & Craft Gallery
UNESCO recently recognised Uilleann Piping in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In celebration of this accolade and as part of Kilkenny Tradfest, we are delighted to welcome musician and master craftsman Mickey Dunne for a demonstration of pipe making and Uileann performance with Kilkenny Pipers’ Club at the National Design & Craft Gallery.
This important global award by UNESCO reflects heritage cultural practices that are considered to enrich all of humanity. Irish Uilleann Piping – often referred to as ‘The Sound of Ireland’ – is the first Irish element to be recognised by UNESCO. The campaign for inscription on the Representative List was led by Na Píobairí Uilleann, who lobbied for Irish ratification of the UNESCO Convention, and assisted the Irish Government in preparing the nomination.
We are delighted to welcome musician and master craftsman Mickey Dunne for this special Kilkenny Tradfest event. Producer of traditional Uilleann pipes, Mickey studied the art of Uilleann pipe-making under the tutelage of the legendary master pipe-maker Cillian O’Briain. A musician all his life; Mickey now teaches masterclasses in the University of Limerick’s World Music Centre, where he was also a previous Musician in Residence. He has inspired many of today’s best Uilleann Pipers. Mickey’s reeds are legendary so come along to experience a touch of his magic.
Locally, the Kilkenny Pipers’ Club has been to the fore in preserving pipe playing in Kilkenny and have trained many young pipers over the past 10 years. They will join in the discussion and the music.
MC Martin Bridgeman.
Sponsored by Design & Crafts Council of Ireland