The International Bagpipe Organisation presents the Third International Bagpipe Conference 26-28 February 2016. Hosted by the National Piping Centre, Glasgow, Organised in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University with the support of the Bagpipe Society and the Piobaireachd Society. Programme Committee: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Dr. Joshua Dixon, Dr. Andy Letcher, Dr. Susana Moreno. The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites everyone to attend the Third International Bagpipe Conference on 26-28 February 2016 to celebrate of the world’s immensely diverse bagpipe traditions.Read more »
Although I met Jean-Cristophe Maillard only five years ago at a folk music education symposium in Antwerpen, it feels like I have known him for much longer. We both grew up in the same town, Fontainebleau, and we went to the same high school, the Lycée Francois Premier, where his father used to teach music. About 30 years before me, Jean-Cristophe went to study music and musicology at the Sorbonne. His master’s dissertation was supervised by Pr.Read more »
When Andy Letcher came up to me at the end of the Blowout in 2011, telling me about his idea of International Bagpipe Day, neither of us had any idea how successful it would become. It seems that the bagpipe world was thirsty as it is veritably drinking up the international connections that are forged every 10th March since 2012. This year far exceeded previous episodes as over a dozen countries celebrated the day with events all over the world including Belarus (Minsk), the USA (Texas, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco), Canada (Thunder Bay), Germany (a Swedish/German concert in Berlin), Greece (Athens and Santorini), Hungary (Budapest) and Iran.Read more »
John wrote to me a couple of months ago asking me to write about 1500 words for Chanter. I am a new member of the bagpipe society and I am delighted to have been asked to participate in this edition. John wanted me to write about my new radio show at SOAS Radio, Bagpipes Galore, but also about myself and how I became involved in bagpipes. I have chosen a chronical form so IRead more »
Bagpipers 9-11 March 2018, Palma, Mallorca, Spain Tired of rainy, grey days? Why not join us in March at the fourth International Bagpipe Conference in Palma, Mallorca. We will be celebrating International Bagpipe Day 2018 (10 March) with our regular biennial conference in Mallorca, where there is a rich and unbroken piping tradition. Supported by the Bagpipe Society, the LBPS as well as the Mallorcan government, the Council for tourism, the town of Palma, the Council for culture and the town of Sóller, we have a full programme of piping activities prepared.Read more »
It is time for the next International Bagpipe Conference! The fourth edition will take place in Palma on the island of Mallorca, where there has been a rich piping tradition since the medieval ages. The conference will span over 3 days with an opening concert on Friday 9 March, the conference on 10 March and a social outing involving bagpipes and historical trains on Sunday 11 March. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible in Mallorca next March.Read more »
The Iberian Peninsula is extremely rich in instruments. The bagpipe was a common instrument in the northern part of the country. This short overview of the different instruments one can find will hopefully give you an indication of the huge variety of bagpipes to be found in Spain and Portugal. Gaita de fol (Galicia, Asturias, Portugal, Sanabria, Bierzo, Cantabria) The gaita de fol (gaita with bag) is probably the best-known European bagpipe after the great Highland Bagpipe, mainly thanks to Galician musicians’ international careers such as Carlos Nuñez and Susana Seivane.Read more »
A Weekend in Plovdiv for the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s First Conference “No shoes on his feet – he still wants a new bagpipe” goes a Bulgarian saying, resonating probably with most of us in this bagpipe realm. The Bulgarian, sensible people, have difficulties conceiving a festive event without this wonderful instrument. As goes another expression: “a wedding without a bagpipe is like a funeral”. These are a couple of sayings I wrote down whilst visiting Plovdiv’s ethnographic museum on Sunday 4th November, following the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s first international conference on Saturday 3rd November.Read more »
There are plenty of reasons to visit Mallorca in March – the gentle breezes from the Mediterranean, the traditional welcome of Mallorcan people, the arrival of the swallows two months before they arrive in northern Europe. The arrival of bagpipers from around the world was yet another; when the International Bagpipe Conference was held, outside the UK for the first time, in Palma, Mallorca, over the weekend of International Bagpipe Day.Read more »
On a beautiful summer’s day in 2011, cabrette specialist André Ricros – also founder of the Agence de Musiques des Territoires d’Auvergne (AMTA) in 1985 – went to a musician’s banquet in the village of Cantouin. Set on the hills looking over to the wild flanks of the Cantal, dotted with picturesque villages gracing the foresty green slopes and overlooking a large blue lake created by a man-made dam, Cantouin is registered as one of the most ‘remarkable cities’ of France.Read more »
On Saturday morning, just as people were arriving, Thodoris, one of the volunteers, walked up to me and whispered: “Wow! I had no idea Andy Letcher was such a rock star!” This is what the International Bagpipe Conference is about: putting faces to names (sometimes they look like proper rock stars), meeting new people, creating contacts and having a piping time. This year’s International Bagpipe Conference was held at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.Read more »
Gaitas de Fole em Portugal Available from http://paulotatomarinho.pt (€13 for Portugal, €13.50 for Europe and €14.50 for the rest of the world) After a tough week with little sleep and many deadlines, both met and unmet, I sit in my kitchen, open the beautiful black and white album cover and insert the CD into the computer. I fit my earphones in so I don’t bother anyone on this Sunday morning and as the first notes hit my ears I am immediately transported to 13 years ago when I travelled all over Galicia with my new pipes.Read more »
Where next? Well, I hope this edition of Chanter has whetted your appetite for finding out more about the music and culture of Iberia and its instruments. There are some established groups and sessions in the UK which feature Iberian music and are featured below. Also, Cassandre has selected her top picks of CDs and recordings for you to search out and listen to. We’re also going to be treated to some historical Iberian piping at the forthcoming Medieval Music in the Dales.Read more »
It is with deep regret that we learned on the day of Galicia, 25 July 2017, that our Galician friend Anton Varela passed away at the young age of 61, surrounded by his friends and family in hospital after a long battle with cancer. Anton touched many lives not only in Galicia but also internationally. Many of us remember him from his faithful presence at St Chartier and then Chateau d’Ars every year where instrument makers from all over Europe forge lasting friendships and catch up with the latest news in the Central French summer days.Read more »
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