Dublin’s famous “Giant Bag” of Italian bagpipes is in for a long haul as tourists begin their annual journey to Italy from the capital.
Source: The Irish Tribune/Michael O’LearyThe Irish Times/Michael MeehanDublin’s legendary Giant Bag of Italian Bagpipes will become a permanent fixture at the foot of the Colosseum, the Italian parliament’s venue in Rome, with visitors packing their bags in a series of wooden boxes.
“It is going to be a big deal, but also a great way to spend a holiday,” said Colm O’Dell, director of the Irish Bagpipers’ Association.
Tourists can pack up their bags and board a ferry for the first time to arrive in Rome.
A new series of Giant Bag tours will take place across Ireland from April 3 to 15 and the city’s renowned old bagpipers will play host to some of the biggest names in the bagpipe world.
Many of the world’s best bagpiper players are set to play their first gigs in Dublin this summer, but the old bagpipe community has been working to secure tickets to their concerts.
Irish bagpiping legend George Murphy will play a gig in the Irish Quarter, while the Irish Music Hall of Fame inductees will be playing the St James Theatre on April 16.
The city’s Bagpipe Museum is also set to host a series.
Irish Bagpiper legend George Walsh will play at the Irish Cultural Centre, while Irish Bagpipe Orchestra members Will Macdonald and Dave Poynton will be on hand at the Dublin Cathedral for a series on May 1.
The tour will run from March 28 to April 3 and cost €5,000 for two days, €10,000 with a return flight.
Tourists will be able to travel between the two venues on a one-way ticket.
“We have been able to secure some tickets for them to travel around Europe and the US on this tour,” said O’Donoghue.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to see some of our best bagpipe players playing together and it will also give the local community a chance to come together.”
O’Dill said he hopes that this tour will be the start of a long-term partnership with the city and the Bagpipe Music Festival, which takes place every year on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin.
In 2016, bagpipe music had its best year yet with the number of concerts in Dublin increasing by more than 80 per cent compared to the previous year.
Dublin bagpipedist Gerry Walsh is among the many Irish bagpists to have made history during the festival.
Source: The Sunday Independent/Michael MehrheadIrish Bagpipe Festival at the Colossi, Dublin, May 1, 2020.
Source:’The Sunday Independent’ article The Irish Bag Pipe Association has welcomed the news of a second Giant Bag tour, with the festival now aiming to get as many people as possible to attend each gig.
“It’s an important moment for Irish bagpipe and we have a great partnership with Dublin,” said John O’Brien, the association’s general manager.
“We have a good connection with the Coles and we’ve had the opportunity to play at their stadiums.
This will hopefully open doors for the city.”
Irish Bag Pipe Festival Dublin, June 1, 2019.
Source : Irish Bag Pipes AssociationIrish Bag Pipers’ Union President David Walsh said he is confident that the Giant Bag Tour will be beneficial to the local bagpipe community.
“The tour is going ahead but it will only happen if there is demand and we are hopeful that demand will be high,” he said.
“The tour itself is a good opportunity to connect with people and see what is happening and what they are excited about.”
This is the beginning of a really exciting period for bagpipe in Dublin and we will keep working with our partners to make it a reality.
“The Giant Bagpiping Association’s George Murphy, who has played at the Coliseum in Dublin, said that he hopes the events will be welcomed by Irish bag pipe fans and other music fans around the world.”
If they want to hear the music of Irish bag pipes and see some old favourites like Donny & Pete, then that is great and I look forward to that.”