The name used for these bagpipes since the early 20th century derives from the Gaelic uille, meaning 'elbow'. The air is pumped into the bag through bellows placed under the elbow.

The chanter of the bagpipe is famous for its sweetness of tone. It has a large range of notes. A chordal accompaniment is provided by the two regulators, the pipes with keys next to the drones, as seen on the instrument in the showcase. The bagpipe is widely played in Irish traditional music.

Seamus Ennis (1919-1982) was an outstanding and influential uilleann pipe player of the 20th century.

Kenna, with bellows by Coyne
Dublin, probably second quarter of 19th century.

Location and Date of performance: Trend Studios, Dublin, 1973

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