We were saddened to learn of the sudden death on Sunday of Darach de Brún, uilleann piper, tin whistle player, composer and old friend of Waltons and our teachers. Darach’s exceptionally large repertoire of tunes, some of them extremely rare, included many he wrote himself. Two of these, ‘The Maple Leaf’ and ‘The Man of Aran’ have been recorded by many different musicians and groups, in some cases described as ‘traditional’ – a remarkable testament to their popularity and the rapidity with which they have been absorbed into the tradition. His playing can also be heard on several recordings produced by Waltons. Darach was a close friend of – and recorded and performed with – two of our teachers, Harry Long and Sinéad Madden, as well as Harry’s brother Conor, a director of Waltons, and Michael Dunphy, manager of Waltons music shops. But he is remembered by many more people in Ireland and around the world as a great musician and generous friend. Rest in peace, Darach. Your music lives on.