MembershipAnyone anywhere with an interest in the uilleann pipes or traditional Irish music is invited to join. The society sponsors concerts and workshops and is hoping to raise money to purchase additional practice sets for loan and provide additional activities and workshops.
A short newsletter is published on an occasional basis to inform the members of upcoming events.
Dues for the club are $10 per year.
To join the club, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Greg Schnider at 604-514-0883 or Tom Kinahan at 250-764-5407.
There are currently 50 members of the society ranging from Part Alberni in the East to Fort St John in the north. The current executive of the club is:
If you are interested in finding out if there is a member near you, contact us.
There are a great number of different makers represented within the pipes owned by the club members. These include: Casey Burns, Bruce Childress, Eamonn Curran, Alain Froment, Brian Hughes, Eugene Lambe, Rob Moore, Neil O'Grady, Dennis O'Regan, David Quinn/Benedict Koehler, Andreas Rogge, Leo Rowsome, Ray Sloan, William Taylor, and the obligatory Anonymous. If you are interested in finding out more about about any of these makers, and contacting pipers who play their pipes let us know.
InformationOne of the aims of the Uilleann Piper's Society is to help beginning or isolated pipers. Since the inception of the club, we have received a number of phone calls from people interested in the pipes looking for information. Some of the more common questions we have received are:
Where can I get a set of uilleann pipes?
Which maker should I buy from?
I am really excited about the uilleann pipes and want
a set, but don't want to wait for a set to be made for me.
I have ordered a set, but I have to wait (many) years
before they will be ready. What can I do in the meantime?
Should I get a practice, half or full set of pipes?
When you are starting out, you will have enough difficulties with just the chanter itself. Trying to use the drones or regulators before you have a good handle on the use of the bag, bellows and change would just make it more difficult.
Where can I get lessons in BC? Does anyone teach the
A new on-line interactive traditional music school has been set up. Click here for more information.
Where can I get more information on the pipes?
Aside from the resources listed above you should also subscribe to The Pipers' Review. This newsletter is an excellent source of information on the uilleann pipes.
Na Píobairí Uilleann also publishes an informative newsletter and offers discounts on piping recordings and books.
If you have Internet access (and you probably do if you are reading this), subscribe to the Uilleann Pipes Mailing list. See David Daye's web page for information. (Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.) There is also another uilleann pipering related forum available at the Chiff and Fipple forums.