Originally from a science and engineering background, Bill Haneman is one of a handful of uilleann pipe makers in Ireland. He is known for having restored historically significant instruments and for the detailed documentation of the methods employed by both contemporary makers and past masters. In addition to making new instruments modelled after historic examples, Bill Haneman has served as a curriculum consultant to Na Píobairí Uilleann and an instructor for the making of this unique musical instrument, the worldwide significance of which has recently been recognised by UNESCO through inclusion in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Symbolic of both historic and contemporary Ireland, the uilleann pipes are a subtle and complex integration of form and function. Despite an impressive resurgence of the uilleann piping tradition over the past five decades, much of the rich history of this instrument is still being rediscovered as it now approaches its own third century.
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