at the Folk Heritage Center, a man was proudly and professorialy demonstrating how to properly thatch a cottage ......er....using steel scaffolding and an aluminum ladder....hilarious it was! .
Would you have prefered him using one made of bogoak and have him shouting 'begorra' and 'begob' all the time?
Donegal and neither is Connamara is not exactly piping territory though in Carna they have Sean Mac Chiarnan, I can see that would be a hard act to follow. Maybe take up the fiddle and Sean Nos singing to fit in.
But it is true the pipes are not particularly well liked, at least in Clare and to be honest I have seen too many sessions been slaughtered by insensitive pipers that I see the point of the excersise. I will not normally take my pipes out to play. A week ago I had a few very nice tunes with Gerry Harrington and Caoimhin O Raghaillaigh but only after being pressurised into it ['we haven't tuned the fiddles down for nothing you bollocks'] and most of the time I left them playing together, music much too nice to have a piper interfering with.
I play a lot of the time with Kitty Hayes, concertinaplayer who maintains my pipes are the only decent one she has ever heard 'can't stand the squeaky things' she usually says.
On one occasion she told me how Seamus Ennis came to her house on several occasions durign the late fifties to play with Paddy Killoran who stayed at the house whenever he was visiting Ireland [Killoran was married to the sister of Kitty's husband, fluteplayer Josie Hayes]. 'They were at it all through the night, couldn't stand it and went to bed early'
I think you find this attitude not uncommon, offcourse people can be convinced by a tune well played n a decent sounding instrument. Overall though I hardly ever play my pipes out of the house.