The Egan Set at the MFA
Uillean pipes (mid 1800s) from the Musical Instrument Collection of the MFA, Boston, MA. It is not playable. It was on view for Benedict Koehler's talk 6 Aug 2008.
From Francis O'Neill's book, "Irish Minstrels and Musicians":
Michael Egan -
Among bagpipe makers none holds higher rank than the subject of this sketch. His name engraved on the stock of an instrument was a synonym for purity of tone and a guarantee of first-class workmanship since early in the nineteenth century.
Exact dates are unascertainable at this late day, but some leading facts in the life of this fine musician and excellent mechanic can be stated with certainty. He belonged to the town of Glenamaddy, barony of Ballymoe, County Galway, according to Mr. Burke, who associated with him in New York City. John Cummings, of San Francisco, who enjoyed his acquaintance at Liverpool away back in the fifties, says Egan hailed from the village of Cultymaugh, in the County Mayo. ...
Jul 21, 2008