Good Piping is a vérité documentary fil.moe">film on Irish pipers. We hope you thoroughly enjoy this remarkable glimpse into the world of musicians playing Ireland’s most enigmatic instrument, the uilleann pipes.
⇛ Directed by Davis Watson I Ireland I Music I 91 minutes I 2018 ⇚
“This rare, ancient bagpipe may occasionally be seen in a pub or at a festival, but as a historical soloist, leading dances and harrowing souls, the instrument remains a fleeting character, even in its native Ireland.” – Na Píobairí Uilleann
“I enjoyed the film very much…. Congratulations and thanks for your great work for our music.” – Tony MacMahon, legendary Irish accordion player
The film offers an absorbing portrait of the tradition through intimate encounters with uilleann pipers across Ireland. From his secluded home and kitchen in Carna, Connemara, a candid Seán P. McKiernan conjures music and stories from his past alongside Irish language poet Micheál Ó Cuaig. We travel in Dublin with Néillidh Mulligan to check on a new set of pipes being made for his son Fiachra and head to the Naul to connect with the spirit of Séamus Ennis. Jimmy O’Brien Moran takes us on a deep dive into how-the-pipes-are-put-together with a gorgeous set of tunes by the fire in Waterford.
And there’s more! Kevin Rowsome invites us in to learn about the lean days of uilleann piping in Ireland and the mighty contributions of his grandfather Leo. In Clare, with Máire Ní Ghráda, we toe into a conversation on gender representation that takes us back through the archives to spotlight women pipers. Banba Fitzgerald and her wonderful teacher, Joe Doyle, work out a new tune and we wind up in Kinvara with the accomplished Eugene Lambe learning the craft and history of uilleann pipemaking.
These are just a few of many highlights to look forward to in this wonderful documentary by Davis Watson, which weaves together stories and footage from the past and present of Ireland’s fascinating tradition of uilleann piping.
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