Jane Moulder The months and years seem to swing by in an instant (is this me getting old?) and I’m writing this with less than a month to go before the Blowout but my mind is already racing ahead to my annual pilgrimage to Le Son Continu. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of my first attending the festival. Back in 1988 my exposure to bagpipes had been fairly limited and mainly consisted of the Scottish, Irish and Northumbrian varieties and, through listening to David Munrow recordings, I had some awareness of medieval and renaissance bagpipes.Read more »
Mike Billington with one of his gaida tutors, Cvetelin Andreev If anyone knows Mike Billington, either in person or from his Facebook page or website (http://www.corvus.org.uk), then you will know that he is something of a collector of bagpipes. I’m not sure what his total is up to now but it must be about 20 different types and the number seems to be growing at a steady rate!Read more »
Last year Jane Moulder asked me to write about my fascination with the traditional music of Hungary and in particular the Hungarian bagpipes, which I play as part of a duo with Ildiko Csige who is from Debrecen, but lives and works in Manchester. The article explained how I came to be introduced to the music of Hungary. It was through the same medium that I also became enamoured with the music of Bulgaria.Read more »
In the 1970s and 1980s the duo called Rebec were playing the English folk club and festival circuit. Bob Cross wrote the songs in the renaissance style reminiscent of the love songs of Elizabethan songwriter and lutenist, John Dowland. I was the other half of the duo and my role was to provide recorders, crumhorns, bowed psaltery, glockenspiel and guitar. We also used bagpipes; Bob played Flemish pipes and Northumbrian smallpipes and I played the gaita Gallicia.Read more »
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