Manual for the Irish Uileann Pipers by Patrick Sky

An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.


The publication history of this book is a little confusing.  The 2000 edition states this book was first published in 1975 but no known edition from that date has yet been located.  An edition from 1980 exists with the Preface and Foreword  dated 1975 and the imprint dated 1980.  There is nothing else in the book that indicates there was an earlier printing.  The next known publication calls itself the ‘2nd edition 2000’ but the front cover has ‘1st revised edition’ and page [i] states it is a ‘New and revised 1st edition’.  It is possible there was another edition between 1980 and 2000 with those two 1st edition references and they were not removed during the printing of the 2000 edition.  


In the 2000 edition there is a statement that this book was first published in 1975.  This edition has not yet been located.



p [i], title; p [ii], dedication; p [iii], index; pp 1-2, preface; pp 3-4; foreword; pp 5-16, historical notes; pp 17-35, tutor; pp 36-48, tunes (13); pp 48-78, instructions about the instrument; pp 79-81, anecdotes; p 82, bibliography; pp 83-84, discography.

  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.

The Preface and Foreword are both dated 1975 but the copyright date on the title-page is 1980.  In the 2000 edition the author states the first edition was published in 1975.  ISBN 0-934302-00-6.


It is possible there is an edition published some time between 1981 and 1999.




  • Rev 00 (11 April 2015).

© Geoff Hore 2015