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A 12-Year-Old Prodigy Masters The Uilleann Pipes

Aug 30, 2015 By Erin Marie McDonald
A few years ago, Cian Smith, a 12-year-old hailing from Waterford, Ireland picked up the uilleann pipes. For those of non-Gaelic descent or far removed from their cultural heritage (like me!), this roughly translates to mean "pipes of the elbow," based on how the bellows are inflated. Offering a wide range of tones, these traditional instruments can take up to 20 years to master, according to some professionals.

But, Cian's already mastered hundreds of tunes, and took home a gold medal at the largest traditional Irish music competition and festival, Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo. Even if you don't enjoy Celtic music that much, the sweeter tones of the uilleann pipes as performed by this lad might just change your mind.
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