Traveller pipers

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The Wexford Traveller and horse-dealer John Cash was a celebrated piper in the late nineteenth century, and descendants of his—particularly the two Doran brothers, Johnny (d. 1950) and Felix (d. 1972)—achieved celebrity status as pipers in the twentieth century. Johnny and Felix played in very different styles; while Felix’s could be related to that of other contemporary, settled, players, Johnny’s astonishing style was quite different and was, arguably, uniquely his own. There have been other significant Traveller pipers in modern times—Finbar Furey, Paddy Keenan and Mickey Dunne, among others—who have brought great virtuosity and taste to the art.

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