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Cian Smith – uilleann pipes sensation is internet hit

Ireland could have just found its latest music star – 10-year-old Cian Smith from Waterford.

The youngster recently attended the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo, where he won first prize in competitions on the tin whistle and uilleann pipes.

Traditional music lovers at the festival were treated to several stunning performances by some of Ireland’s top musicians.

One who certainly caught the eyes and ears of everyone was Cian Smith.

Cian Smith Uilleann pipes

His teacher, David Power, uploaded a video of his student playing the uilleann pipes, and the response has been huge.

The video has now been viewed more than half a million times and shared by thousands of impressed traditional music lovers.

Cian performs a fantastic rendition of The Boy in the Gap. His teacher posted a message along with the video stating how proud he is of Cian, and credits him for his hard work and commitment.

He also points out that amazingly Cian has only been playing for two years.

Take a look at the incredible performance from Cian below.

There have been concerns that traditional Irish instruments like the uilleann pipes, tin whistle and the bodhrán have fallen out of favour in recent decades.

Seeing talented young musicians like Cian excel is great for the preservation of these iconic Irish instruments.

We recently saw a similar video online of three friends in Co Leitrim playing in their kitchen. They became known as the ‘bodhrán boys’ and amassed thousands of views and likes online.

It will be no surprise if Cian becomes a similar online sensation in the coming weeks, and he is certainly one to look out for in the future.

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Here is another YouTube video of Cian playing. The video quality isn’t brilliant, but it is still worth watching to listen to Cian play.

Written by Andrew Moore


5 thoughts on “Cian Smith – uilleann pipes sensation is internet hit

  1. John Healy

    Would have liked to see more of the musicians and less of the audience, excellent example of traditional Irish music

    05/02/2016 at 1:00 pm
  2. Karin H.

    That is beyond amazing – Did he start learning in the womb, or something??

    05/10/2015 at 12:00 am
  3. Andrew Moore

    No problem, thanks for letting us know David

    01/09/2015 at 12:16 pm
  4. David Power

    Can you correct the article, Cian is just ten, thanks David

    26/08/2015 at 9:13 am
  5. Linda Moore

    Great video, I didn’t know about these “Irish” bagpipes…….and how do you pronouce Cian?

    25/08/2015 at 11:19 pm

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