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This month: One of the earliest commercial recordings of the bagpipe From 1899, Mrs. McCloud's Reel, played by James C. McAuliffe.
|Company||Edison's National Phonograph Company|
|Title||Mrs. McCloud's Reel|
|Performed by||James C. McAuliffe|
|Announcement||"Bagpipe solo, Mrs. McCloud's Reel, played by Mr. James C. McAuliffe. Edison record."|
During the early years of Edison's National Phonograph Company, soloists often announced their own recordings. Thus, it is very possible we are hearing McAuliffe's voice announcing this record.
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This selection was typically listed in catalogs as "Miss McCloud's Reel", but there is no mistaking, it is "Mrs." here.
Not a Scottish bagpipe, here McAuliffe is playing the more difficult Irish bagpipe, the uilleann (pronounced "e-lan"). Instead of blowing into a pipe, the performer, who is seated, pumps a bellows with his elbow (uilleann means "elbow" in Gaelic) and, rather than finger holes, the chanter is operated with keys.
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