February

Irish Music Lecture Series: Jerry O'Sullivan

Irish Music Lecture Series: Jerry O'Sullivan

Irish Music Lecture Series: Jerry O'Sullivan

News Story: February 1, 2012

The Origins and Music of the Irish Union/Uilleann Pipes with Jerry O’Sullivan
Wednesday, April 18, Schine Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Union Pipes, more popularly known in modern times as the Uilleann Pipes, are a unique musical instrument with a sweetness, expressiveness and complexity unparalled in the bagpipe world.  Jerry O'Sullivan has been a practitioner of this instrument since 1976, although he began listening to recordings of uilleann piping since early childhood.  Jerry is an accomplished performer, recording artist, teacher, and scholar of this instrument.  Some of Jerry's credits include working with Hollywood composer John Williams, The Eagles, Don Henley and Dolly Parton, amongst other artists.  In addition to recording three solo albums, Jerry has also been a guest musician on over 100 other recordings and was a featured soloist on Paul Winter's Grammy-winning album, A Celtic Solstice.  With live performance, this evening's lecture will explore the fascinating origins of this instrument and its evolution through the 18th through 20th centuries.  The influence and the music of the seminal uilleann piping quadrumvirate of the 20th century (Patrick J. Touhey, Leo Rowsome, Seamus Ennis and Willie Clancy) will be part of the presentation as well.
 
Tickets are $10 for each session and will be available at the door.  For more information about this music lecture series or to reserve tickets in advance, please contact Dr. Gerald Reid at 203-371-7765 or reidg@sacredheart.edu.