Cuisle Cheol na bPíob (the musical pulse of the pipes) - Kevin Rowsome
Cuisle Cheol na bPíob is the new album by Dublin born uilleann piper Kevin Rowsome. It is a solo unaccompanied recording and has been described as “the essence of what our tradition is about.”
Being the fifth generation of uilleann pipers and pipe makers in his family, Kevin was immersed in the world of traditional Irish music from an early age. He started learning the uilleann pipes at six years of age under the guidance of his grandfather Leo. After Leo's untimely death in 1970, Kevin continued his pipe lessons with his father, Leon. He also played Clarinet and Saxophone with the Artane Boys Band during his teenage years. The contribution of Leo in particular is well documented and there are two events held annually dedicated to him and the Rowsome family tradition.
In 1999 Kevin released his acclaimed debut album “The Rowsome Tradition", and has featured as a guest musician on many recordings. Cuisle Cheol na bPíob is the culmination of over five years of research into ancient traditional Irish music. He analysed the archives of the Traditional Music Archive, Na Piobairi Uilleann and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann deciding on material for this recording. In doing so he sourced archival music from an array of music collections, including the Colclough, Darley, Goodman, Joyce, MacLean, O'Farrell, O'Neill, Petrie, Rowsome and Ryan collections from as far back as the early 19th century. In many instances, Kevin transposed and adapted the tunes to suit the uilleann pipes. Practically all of these pieces haven't been recorded before. The sleeve notes are well researched, highly detailed and conscientiously written.