Finbar Furey   •   Traditional Irish Pipe Music (UK)

image image image
  • Traditional Irish Pipe Music
    • 1969 - Transatlantic XTRA 1077 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Rakish Paddy
    2. The Hag with the Money
    3. Castle Terrace
    4. Madame Bonaparte
    5. The Young Girl Milking Her Cow
    6. Fin's Favourite
  • Side Two
    1. Peter Byrne's Fancy
    2. O'Rourke's Reel
    3. Roy's Hands
    4. Planxty Davy
    5. The Bonny Bunch of Roses
    6. Eddie's Fancy
    7. The Silver Spear

  • Musicians
    • Finbar Furey: Irish Pipes & Whistle
    • Eddie Furey: Guitar (uncredited)

Sleeve Notes

Traditional Irish pipe music

Finbar Furey is the youngest member of a very small body of musicians who are masters of the Irish pipes, a complex instrument that has developed over the centuries into the most sophisticated form of bagpipes.

The Irish pipes — also called union pipes or uillean (shoulder) pipes — are mouth blown [sic] and have three sound sources: a chanter plays the tune and a set of drones play continuous notes, but unlike other pipes, the Irish pipes have a set of 'regulators' which will play harmony. Finbar frequently uses these percussively when he plays dance tunes.

On his previous record with his brother Eddie, Finbar established that he was a virtuoso instrumentalist. On this solo record he plays traditional tunes and tunes of his own composition on the Irish pipes and on a variety of whistles.