Uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn plays two reels and talks about his teacher the master piper and pipe maker Leo Rowsome.
Liam O'Flynn (also known as Liam Óg Ó Floinn) along with Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine founded folk and traditional music group Planxty in 1972. In addition to Planxty's albums and performances he has worked with composer Shaun Davey and musicians as diverse as Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Enya, Seán Keane, Emmylou Harris and the Everly Brothers.
Liam O'Flynn plays two reels, ‘The Sailor’s Cravat’ and ‘I’m Waiting For You’, and is described by presenter Paddy Glackin as,
A man who needs little or no introduction in the world of Irish traditional music.
The Dublin based master piper Leo Rowsome was Liam O'Flynn's first teacher and taught him these reels. This third generation piper with County Wexford roots was also a prolific performer and collector of tunes, and repaired and made pipes which are as highly sought after now as they were during his lifetime,
A Rowsome set of concert pitch pipes is really the best you can get.
Leo Rowsome who with Seamus Ennis founded Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of Irish Pipers) in 1967 taught the uilleann pipes at the Dublin Municipal School of Music and passed his knowledge on to many pipers who are household names today, such as Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and Finbar Furey.
The renowned Clare piper Willie Clancy even took lessons from him explains Liam O'Flynn. Willie Clancy was also a member of the Leo Rowsome's Pipers' Quartet who performed regularly on 2RN (later Radio Éireann) programmes,
Imagine keeping that lot in tune.
This episode of ‘The Pure Drop’ was broadcast on 20 September 1991. The presenter is Paddy Glackin.