Donnacha Dwyer - Uilleann Pipes Maker

 

The uilleann pipes are a fascinating instrument capable of beautiful expression and perfectly suited to the playing of traditional music. The history of the uilleann pipes can be traced back to at least the late 17th century.

A bellows is strapped under the right arm and pumps air into the bag which is held under the right arm, from there the air passes trough the main stock into three drones and also three regulators which provide accompanying chords to the melody which is played on the chanter.

The chanter gets its air supply through the neck of the bag and the melody is played on this with the fingers while the accompanying chords are played with the wrist on the regulators.