Memories of Leo Rowsome, presented by Peter Browne and Kevin Rowsome @ Clifden Arts Festival
One of the most noteworthy people in traditional Irish music and the world of uilleann piping was Leo Rowsome and this event today recalls his lifetime of music, achievement and importance as a piper, pipe maker, teacher, recording artist and radio performer. It is often said that the piping tradition was much enriched by Leo’s contribution and work over many years.
His home and pipe making workshop was in Dublin’s northside in Donnycarney. He was of robust Co. Wexford heritage and on the 20th September 1970 – 50 years ago on this day – he passed away.
Today’s presentation is by his grandson, Kevin Rowsome and broadcaster Peter Browne, both of whom will play music and talk about Leo’s legacy.
Kevin Rowsome is the fifth generation of uilleann pipers/pipe makers in his family. An award-winning musician and composer of traditional music, Kevin has two solo recordings to his name, “The Rowsome Tradition“ (1999) & “Cuisle Ceoil an bPiob” (2006) and has vast experience as a performer and instructor of the uilleann pipes.
Peter Browne was a pupil of Leo Rowsome in Dublin in both the Municipal School of Music in Chatham Row and Piper’s Club in Thomas Street. He is well known as an uilleann piper and RTÉ Radio broadcaster for over 40 years specialising in traditional music in programmes such as The Long Note, Áirneán and the Rolling Wave.