Mikey Doran is carrying on his travelling family's tradition
of uilleann pipe playing, following in the footsteps of his
famous grandfather Felix Doran.
I came to this music
"I was born in England but
my background's Irish. We just came back to Coalville last
summer for a break really, just to get off the road. But we've
been travelling basically all our lives. When we first started
playing it all came from John Cash. Then John Cash learned
me granduncle Johnny Doran then me granduncle learned me grandfather
which is Felix Doran.
me grandfather learned me father and me father learned me.
That's how I got my music. Felix was very famous, very well-known.
One of the greatest in the world. He made hundreds and thousands
of tapes. Just try and get your hands on one of them. One
of them was The Last of the Travelling Pipers. Obviously
that's not true now because I've just taken the business over.
I started playing nine or 10 months ago.
was taught by my Dad Mikey Doran. My grandfather got the full
set of pipes made for me father. He doesn't play much any
more so he pass them onto me. The air comes from the bellows
and into the bag and then there's a reed in the chanter that
makes a sound. You just put your fingers on the holes and
make a tune."
pipe is very popular in Ireland. And very popular with travelling
don't know why it is. We're Irish, we just like our music.
Some people play in bands and some people play for their own
pleasure. I just play for me own pleasure and hopefully I'll
make it professionally one day. It's a hidden talent. I've
played in pubs and sessions. I haven't played in any bands
"I play all Irish tunes. I can
play songs but I prefer tunes.
I started to play easy ones then the hard ones then the easy
ones became better. I
play the Ashplant - that's one of my grandfather's favourites."