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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:14 pm 
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Nick, these are fantastic!

Question -- is the Taylor set pictured on the Edward O'Donnell page the same you reference in your introduction? If so, would love to see more pictures of it :)

EDIT: Never mind, a little Googling did the trick! http://www.whitmerpipes.com/o'donnell_photos_set.html


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:07 am 
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I wonder if Charles Taylor trained as a cutler at any point. The netalwork always has the look of some technique learned outside instrument making and then creatively reapplied.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:17 am 
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Two more short biographies added to the Website:

Michael J. Dunn (1856-1935) Milwaukee, Wisconsin; fireman and custodian of remarkable early recordings.

John Ennis (1847-1930) Chicago and New York City, writer and policeman, father of Tom Ennis.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:39 pm 
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Fabulous as always sir!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:17 pm 
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Really great work Nick. I had not known about that john Ennis poem either--thank you


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:58 am 
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PB+J,

A reprint of the poem about a gathering of NYC Irish musicians circa 1920, complete and easier to read, is in An Píobaire vol. 4 no. 21 August 2003 pp. 26-28
http://162.13.136.126/data/PIOBAIRE/PIOB0421.PDF

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:06 am 
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nwhitmer wrote:
PB+J,

A reprint of the poem about a gathering of NYC Irish musicians circa 1920, complete and easier to read, is in An Píobaire vol. 4 no. 21 August 2003 pp. 26-28
http://162.13.136.126/data/PIOBAIRE/PIOB0421.PDF

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Ah marvelous! Thank you again


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:53 am 
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Three biographies in two articles added to the Website. All were active in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Barney Farrell (active 1892-1901) and Thomas Farrell (active 1905-1925)

John Mullen (active 1908-1925) "youngest Irish piper in the world" at one time owned a well-known Taylor set.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:45 am 
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Great work as usual. The connection to the Molloy family is really interesting. One of the interesting things about Irish immigration to the US is the very low "rate of return." Compared to all other immigrant groups, Irish immigrants to the US rarely went back to Ireland to live. It's interesting that Molloy's father not only went back, he brought what might be the world's most elaborate set of pipes with him. Pittsburgh is a delightful city now, but was pretty brutal in the early twentieth century


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:42 am 
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PB+J wrote:
It's interesting that Molloy's father not only went back, he brought what might be the world's most elaborate set of pipes with him.

Well, I can't say when the set went to Ireland. Maybe in the 1930s, when Molloy's father returned, maybe during Matt Molloy's lifetime, or any time in between. I'll ask Matt next time I see him! (insert smiley face here)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:39 am 
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Two biographies have been added to the Website:

Paddy Lavin (1908-1975) Roscommon and New Jersey, Michael Carney's best student.
William F. Maher (1862-1931) Bridgeport Connecticut, amateur piper.

Also updated information on John Mullen (1904-1933) of Pittsburgh.

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