Uilleann Pipers Society
(AUPS) is a community of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving
and promoting interest in the Irish bagpipes, most commonly
known as the uilleann pipes (pronounced ill-en), in the
state of Arizona.
AUPS was founded by Phoenix uilleann piper Caven Clark and was
officially established in the year 2000. The first formal gathering
of AUPS took place that October at The Fiddler's Dream in Phoenix,
Arizona and featured guest piping instructor Patrick D'Arcy
of Southern California. Since then, the society has worked together
to organize numerous piping and reedmaking workshops with guest
instructors from around the country.
AUPS organizes an occassional pipers gathering, typically in
the Phoenix area, and welcomes beginners and experienced uilleann
pipers alike. Being that formal instruction is very difficult
to obtain and learning on one's own can be next to impossible,
getting together as a group is ideal for sharing information
and learning from one another collectively. For anyone interested
in learning to play the uilleann pipes but don't really know
where to begin, we'd be happy to provide whatever info or insights
we can in order to help make more informed decisions. Otherwise,
be sure to check out our Resources
page for more info, and our Links page
for some pipemakers, forums, and other uilleann piping websites!
Contact Arizona Uilleann Pipers Society
Uilleann pipers are few and far between, and help is very
hard to find. AUPS is happy to be of any assistance. If
we can't help directly, we can do our best to point you
in the right direction!
Feel free to email us regarding any uilleann piping inquiries.
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