HICUPS typically meets on the third Saturday of each month, the location alternating between Victoria, Cobble Hill/Duncan and Ladysmith to make travel as easy as possible for most members. Typical attendance is about 6-7 people, the record is probably twice that many. The meetings can and do encompass whatever facet of uilleann piping is of interest to everybody present on the day, from tune playing to more formal workshops or lessons, reed making and adjustment, and whatever maintenance is necessary to keep everyone's pipes going properly. Equally important is the craic! Food, drink, camaraderie, and lots of great conversation including the ridiculous, the sublime, all the stuff in between and the kitchen sink besides.
We also occasionally make collective appearances at music festivals or celtic-themed events. These can take the form of a presentation on the uilleann pipes in general, demonstrations and/or individual or group performance. We think this is a worthwhile part of promoting the instrument, and we hope to have further opportunities to increase the exposure of the uilleann pipes to the public.
Here are some photos from past meetings and events. (Click the images for larger versions.)
last updated May 2019