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 Sam Rowsome

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The following extract is from the book "Irish Minstrels and Musicians" written by Captain Francis O'Neill. The book was first published in 1913.

Murder will out, and so will music, and, though the days of fostering patronage and encouraging recognition are past, the divine art, whether begotten of nature's whim, or vitalised as a manifestation of the laws of heredity, may be relied on to find some outlet for expression, but it will be noticed that environment and opportunity have much to do with determining the favoured instrument.

Evening Herald 1912

To maintain the traditions of his family, what else could this promising scion be but an Irish piper, his father, and grandfather, before him having been worthy representatives of the class  Had they been fiddlers, no doubt he would have followed in their footsteps. Still we must rejoice in his choice, for, while we are likely to have with us always raspers, fiddlers, and even violinists, we cannot but regret that performers on the Union or Irish pipes-the real national instrument of the people-are declining in numbers year by year and may eventually become extinct, like the harpers, their predecessors.

Irish Examiner 1912.

This young musical aspirant, on whom will depend to a considerable degree the preservation of his art, is the eldest son of William Rowsome, piper and pipemaker of Harolds Cross, Dublin, and grandson of Samuel Rowsome of Ballintore, Wexford, elsewhere mentioned.

Irish Examiner 1912.

Born September 25, 1895, he commenced his musical practice under his father's tuition when but twelve years of age. Such was his on both chanter and regulators that he won many prizes, and had been highly commended for taste and style by. the best judges of pipe music, though but a boy of only, sixteen birthdays.

If appearance counts for anything, we are justified in assuming that the future has no small distinction in store for him. The instrument on which he is represented as playing in the picture was manufactured by his father, and is of full tone and concert pitch, blending harmoniously with violin and piano.

Leo Rowsome

Click on the link to hear the only known recorded interview with Leo Rowsome



Click here to listen to Leo speaking at the launch of the current pipers club (NPU) in 1968

The person introducing Leo was Pat McNulty (not Sean Reid as stated in the video clip)

Leo Rowsome in "Broth of A Boy" (1959)
Sunday Independent 1929
Leo Rowsome Moloney Set 1936
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Tom Rowsome

Tom Rowsome was a highly accomplished uilleann piper, 
Tom founded the
Rowsome uilleann piping quartet in the 1920’s with his brother Leo.


Beginnings of Comhaltas/1950s/Tom Rowsome
Seamus MacMathuna (recorder), Paddy Monsell (interviewee)

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Irish Independent June 1954