Welcome to the first post of my Ireland blog, which has something of an identity crisis seeing as I’m posting from London. For those who haven’t heard I received a JUMP Mentoring grant to travel to Ireland and study the uilleann pipes with the wonderful Mikie Smith of Limerick. Massive thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts and Next Wave for their support.
I’ll be updating fairly frequently with what I’m doing, what I’m working on and what I’m thinking. That could be anything from brain-numbing minutiae of piping technique to overarching issues of tradition, identity and aesthetics. Also occasional cheesy tourist snaps!
Anyhow, here I am in London trying to recalibrate my body clock and prevailing on the hospitality of Jeanette Little, who’s composing a piece for solo uilleann pipes for me. More on that soon I imagine. But today I’m off to look at old things at the British museum following by Irish tunes in Camden Town.