Uilleann Pipes

The Uilleann Pipes (Irish word signifying 'elbow') are a seven-reeded (three single & four double), bellows-blown parlour bagpipe of moderate volume and superior tonality. Dating from around 1700 they are played off the knee whilst seated (some early illustrations do show street performers standing with the aid of a support stick and attached foot rest to raise the leg - see below) and consist of a chanter (for melody), drones (supplying harmonics) and three chanter-like keyed regulators played with the wrist or disengaged right hand (for chordal-rhythmic accompaniment/counterpoint).

For more information please click:  Uilleann Pipes/History 

Irish Uilleann Piper late 18th/early 19th century

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