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Cian Smith – uilleann pipes sensation is internet hit

Ireland could have just found its latest music star – 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.

Cian Smith Uilleann pipes

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.

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.

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  1. Christopher Mc Laughlin

    great i loved it i was born in donegal

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

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

  4. No problem, thanks for letting us know David

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

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

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