uilleann pipes

plural noun, often capitalized
uil·​leann pipes | \ ˈi-lən- How to pronounce uilleann pipes (audio) \

Definition of uilleann pipes

: an Irish bagpipe with air supplied by a bellows held under and worked by the elbow

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Recent Examples on the Web The performance also features original uilleann pipes by James Mahon, with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing music of Philip Glass. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Poetry, mythology, celebrating the feminine – dancer Maureen Fleming is back in St. Paul with new piece ‘Wildflower’," 23 Oct. 2019 Among them a German fiddler, a Canadian on the uilleann pipes, and two sons of former session members. BostonGlobe.com, "“If you link the survival of the pub to the survival of Irish-American ethnicity, the dilemma is how do you sustain ethnicity in the absence of immigration?” said Kenny.," 21 Sep. 2019 Highlights this year will include tunes from a trio playing uilleann pipes, harp, and double bass, to the contemporary all-string Kirkos Ensemble, the modern jazz songs of Aoife Doyle Music, and R&B soul-pop quartet Super Silly. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Dublin in July 2018," 28 June 2018 Green Fields of America musicians include: Tim Britton (tin whistle, flute, uilleann pipes), Denis Cahill (guitar), Liz Carroll (fiddle), Karan Casey (vocals), Fr. Mick Moloney, Smithsonian, "How One Impromptu Jam Session Spawned a Sweeping Irish American Music Revival," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of uilleann pipes

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uilleann pipes

uilleann from Irish, genitive singular of uillinn elbow, from Old Irish uilen; akin to Old English eln ell — more at ell

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The first known use of uilleann pipes was in 1906

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“Uilleann pipes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uilleann%20pipes. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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