DiscoverBlarney Pilgrims Irish Music PodcastEpisode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)
Episode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)

Episode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)

Update: 2020-12-07


So much in here: piping as meditation and not setting fire to the old Ganley flute. Starting on the whistle but falling for the pipes despite the danger. The eternal conversation: reeds, drones and regulators. The session spaces of Belfast, open piping closed piping, Tommy Reck and saying 'I Love You' to Liam O'Flynn. Being a girl and running an all female session. A room tuned to G Minor, the Drogheda connection, the five string banjo and 'Lovely Leitrim.' Oh. And Robbie Williams and Graham Norton too. Bish Bash Bosh. What a treat.

The tunes:

Two jigs - Mama's Pet and Hinchey's Delight

Alexander's Hornpipe and The Kildare fancy

Two McKenna Reels

The Sailor's Cravate, I'm Waiting For You and Bonny Kate (from the playing of Tommy Reck)

The Drunken Gauger


Lovely Leitrim (thanks Mr & Mrs Farrell)

Every week we are amazed by how much fun we've had - seriously.

And then the next week we are amazed all over again.

Rita, thank you.

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Episode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)

Episode 79: Rita Farrell Interview (Uilleann pipes, flute)

Darren O'Mahony, Dominic Black