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Saturday 20 January 2018

The pipes are calling for singer Dempsey

LEADING singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey is lending his backing to a campaign to help develop the making of uilleann pipes in Ireland.

Despite being uniquely Irish, a large proportion of the instruments are made abroad. However, with a sharp increase in the popularity of the instrument, makers in Ireland and worldwide cannot meet the growing demand.

The Dubliner is to perform a special gig to help raise funds for, and awareness of, the PipeCraft campaign, aimed at developing long-term training for uilleann pipe makers in Ireland.

In response to this problem, Na Piobairi Uilleann (NPU), the association of uilleann pipers, with the assistance of the Arts Council, has set up a training unit at the Port Tunnel Business Park in Clonshaugh, to teach a new generation of makers.

"The sound of the uilleann pipes is our sound," said Dempsey, pictured left with piper Sean McKeon who plays with his band.

He will perform the fundraiser at the Grand Social venue in Liffey Street, Dublin, on Friday April 29. Tickets are only available from NPU, or by calling 01-873 0093.

Irish Independent

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