Tullamore Piper (The)

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TULLAMORE PIPER, THE (An Piobaire Ua Tulad-Moir). AKA and see "Bummer's Reel (1)," "Reilly's Own." Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Tullamore Piper" was probably named by O'Neill for his source, Chicago piper Bernard Delany (c. 1854-1923) who was born in the county town of Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. The hornpipe is often played as a reel in Cape Breton, as in Andrea and Kinnon Beaton’s rendition on “The Beaton Family of Mabou” (2004).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Chicago uilleann piper Bernard Delaney [O’Neill]. Delaney was a skilled piper whose playing O'Neill praised, describing him as "unquestionably the best player of Irish dance music now alive, perfect time, fine spirit, great execution...." The piper married a younger sister of O'Neill's wife, but the relationship between O'Neill and his now in-law deteriorated as time went on. O'Neill felt a lack of gratitude for championing Delaney's career, while Delaney became more isolated and aloof[1].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 215. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1773, p. 330.

Recorded sources : - Smithsonian Folkways Records, SFW CD 40507, The Beaton Family of Mabou – “Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music” (2004).




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  1. See Nick Whitmer's biography of Delaney at Lives of the Pipers site [1]