In The Bag: Linsey PollakBy:
Linsey is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, North America and Asia since 1996. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of Western Australia as wells as performing at most of the major Festivals around Australia. On top of recording 33 albums (solo & with various groups), he has worked as an instrument maker for 40 years and has designed many new wind instruments. Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms and bins.
He specialises in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia.
What bagpipes do you play?
Macedonian Gaida and my own invention – the Australian Kitchen Glove Bagpipe
What led you to take up piping?
Falling in love with the sound of the Macedonian Gaida
Which pipers do you most admire?
Bellows or mouth-blown?
Cats or dogs?
Cane or plastic reeds?
Do you prefer playing, dancing or both?
Playing …but enjoy both
What three words describe your piping style?
Hybrid Macedonian / Australian
Name three, non-piping-related musical influences:
Renaud Garcia-Fons, Charlie Mariano, Eberhard Weber
If you had your life again, what instrument would you play?
Double bass & /or electric bass
Name your favourite music festival.
Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia)
What three albums are top of your playlist right now?
- “Navigatore” - Renaud Garcia Fons
- “Total Tajine” - Orchestre International du Vetex
- “Endless Days” - Eberhard Weber
What’s your greatest musical achievement?
well ….for 2016 ……it’s creating a 275 person Carrot Clarinet Orchestra in Amsterdam
What’s your most embarrassing bagpiping moment?
Rubber glove bursting in the middle of a performance
What’s the most annoying question you get asked about the bagpipes?
…..but do you play the REAL Bagpipes? Or, how often does the rubber glove burst?
What advice would you give a novice?
I love bagpipes because…
They are a totally ‘complete’ instrument
As told to Andy Letcher