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TG4 broadcast of Na Píobairí Uilleann

Craolfar 'Na Píobairí Uilleann' ar TG4

21/12/2014

‘Na Píobairí Uilleann’ will have its first broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday 21st January, 2015 at 9.30pm.  The film will be broadcast again on the following Sunday (the 25th) at 17.55pm.

Na Píobairí Uilleann is the story of the first piping tionól held in April 1968 in Bettystown in County Meath – a first hand account of what happened on the day the uilleann pipes were brought back from the point of extinction.  The film features interviews and performances from Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Moloney, Sean Óg Potts, Seán Potts senior (RIP), Peter Browne, Gay McKeon, Pat Mitchell, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Néillidh Mulligan and Brian Vallely among others. The film is also augmented by archive recordings taken at the 1968 tionól itself.

In advance of the broadcast, Gerry Lyons from Na Píobairí Uilleann said ‘the film captures the vision and enthusiasm of a small group of uilleann pipers who realised that the sound of this uniquely Irish instrument was on the verge of being lost forever and who set about forming Na Píobairí Uilleann at the first Tionól in 1968.’

 

Craolfar an chéad léiriú de chuid ‘Na Píobairí Uilleann’ ar TG4 ar an Céadaoin an 21ú lá de mí Eanaír ag 9.30pm.  Beidh athcroladh déanta ar an 25ú lá (an Domhnach) ag 17.55pm.

Is é scéal Na Píobairí Uilleann ná an chéad tionól de na bpíobairí a reáchtáladh in Aibreán 1968 i mBaile an Bhiataigh i gContae na Mí – cuntas ó thaithí phearsanta ar a tharla ar an lá a bunaíodh na Píobairí Uilleann nuair a sábháladh iad ó bhaol an bháis.  San áireamh sa chlár ‘Na Píobhairí Uilleann’ tá agallaimh agus ceol ó Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts, Sean Óg Potts, Peter Browne, Gay McKeon, Pat Mitchell, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Néilidh Mulligan, Brian Vallely agus daoine eile nach iad. Cuireann cartlann chomhaimseartha a tógadh le linn an tionóil i 1968 go mór leis an chlár.

Dúirt Gerry Lyons (NPU), roimh an craoladh féin, gur ‘léiríonn an scannan seo an fís agus an brí a bhí ag baicle beag de píobairí, a thig go raibh baol ann go mbeidh an uirlis Éireannach ar leith seo caillte go deo, agus a cuireadh Na Píobairtí Uillean ar bun ag an chéad Tionól i 1968.’