Uilleann Piper and Pipe Maker
Sean Talty, Glendine Miltown Malbay, Co Clare -
Sean Talty was reared in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare and started playing the whistle when he was five years of age, then to the flute and on to the pipes at age 12. As he was born into a family with music on both sides, it was inevitable that music would play a big part in his life.
Both grandmothers played music as did both his parents. His father Martin along with his life long friend Willie Clancy, together learned the pipes from Johnny Doran, when he came to stay in the West Clare area. The piping goes back further to Sean’s great grand uncle Johnny Carroll of Freigh, Miltown Malbay who owned and played the famous Vandeleur pipes up to the time of his death in 1900. He was taught to play by the renowned Garret Barry. These pipes were made by the Moloney brothers from Knockerra Kilrush Co Clare, and currently reside at Collins Barracks Museum in Dublin.
Sean's son Cian carries on the tradition and is also a piper. Sean has a background in cabinet making and carpentry. These skills combined with his musical skills are an ideal combination for his work as an Uilleann Pipe maker.
Sean playing his Rowsome Set previously owned by Willie Clancy on which the pipes he makes are based.
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