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A brand new feature-length documentary movie referred to as “Mná na bPíob”, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, will comply with famend musician Louise Mulcahy on an thrilling journey to uncover the uncared for tales of a bunch of unimaginable feminine pipers that had been airbrushed out of Irish cultural historical past.

Irish documentary launched on December 19, TG4

A trawl by the annals of Irish conventional music reveals that the Uilleann Pipes, one of many two nationwide devices, was virtually fully dominated by gamers of the male gender all through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Louise meets fellow musicians and students who give her a larger perception into the lives of feminine pipers and the challenges that they confronted through the testing occasions of the nineteenth century, proper as much as the Nineteen Fifties and past.

Reconstructed scenes depicting the period and lives of a number of the key characters can be featured together with musical performances to commemorate the music and lives of those ladies.

Artists featured within the Irish documentary

This vibrant and entertaining documentary is adorned with musical performances from Louise, Michelle and Mick Mulcahy, Máire Ní Ghráda, Molly Ní Ghrada, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Rosaleen O’Leary, Heather Clarke, Marion McCarthy, Síle Friel, Jane Walls, The Rowsome household, Paddy Moloney and plenty of extra.

Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive Liam O’Connor paints an image of what life was like for a number of the earliest referenced feminine pipers – Kitty Hanley and Nance the Piper who lived within the mid-1800s and performed the pipes to earn a residing because of the dire circumstances through which they lived.

Historian Sharon Slater places a context on what the lifetime of a working-class lady would have been like in Limerick within the 1850s.

Na Píobairí Uilleann archivist Emmet Gill tells Louise concerning the lifetime of the unimaginable Anna Barry who was the first-ever feminine to win a piping competitors in 1901. Her brilliance impressed different females in her native Cork to then take up the instrument.

Louise additionally meets with members of the family of feminine pipers who inform her extra concerning the unimaginable lives of their family.

Female pipers: Female pipers

Daithí Ó Murchú, the grandson of Mrs Margaret Murphy from Limerick tells Louise about his grandmother who learnt the pipes in on the flip of the twentieth century from the blind piper Reilly who would stick with the household and cross on the custom to her – main her to win the distinguished Oireachtas competitors in 1914.

Louise travels to Wicklow to satisfy with brothers Joe and Peter McKenna who now personal Mrs Murphy’s pipes – they play a tune and inform Louise about how they got here to amass the instrument. Musician and broadcaster Peter Browne paints an image of Ireland within the twentieth century when it will have been extraordinarily unusual for a lady to be seen socialising, not to mention taking part in the uilleann pipes.

Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby in University College Cork tells Louise about one other wonderful Cork piper referred to as May McCarthy, who along with her abilities as a musician, was an lively Republican who used her alternatives for journey and efficiency as a method to unfold the republican motion.

Na Piobairí Uilleann CEO Gay McKeon and talks concerning the ethos of the organisation and the good efforts that they’ve invested in fostering and inspiring younger ladies to take up the instrument lately.

Máire Ní Ghráda speaks about her personal life in music and her enthusiasm for the way forward for younger feminine pipers.

Louise meets with Reverend Violet Johnston, the niece of an eccentric and formidable piper who lived all through the early-mid 20thcentury in Carnlough County Antrim. Ulster Museum curator Fiona Byrne exhibits Louise the set of pipes that was as soon as owned and performed by Netta Jane Nicholl.

Paddy Moloney and Betty Nevin keep in mind their time studying from the good Leo Rowsome within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties.

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