Over the last few years, we have regularly announced that The Society has money available to support bagpipe related activities (3 Chanter mentions in the last 2 years alone), without too much uptake, and now - finally - requests are rolling in! To make the funding allocation as fair and open as possible, we have decided: To set aside a sum of money for this purpose every year, the amount depending on the health of our bank account; Invite members to apply for this money between the period of December and March (the time between Winter and Spring Chanters); The applications will be considered by the committee.Read more »
I am pleased to report that we have had another successful year, with membership increasing steadily. There are many reasons for this, some practical, such as the ability to join online and the availability of a pdf version of Chanter, but I am sure that it is mostly due to a combination of a high quality journal, a well-respected annual festival, an active Facebook page and the generally raised profile of our beloved instrument.Read more »
Featuring: Mister Klof, Paul Martin, Rémi Decker, Julian Goodacre, Clive Matthews, Andy Letcher, Chris Allen & Mike Gilpin This year, we’re back to a “normal” weekend, a little later than usual, but this guarantees much better weather, of course. The programme is still evolving and there will be updates on our website: www.bagpipesociety.org.uk Mister Klof (Saturday Bal) are Julien Cartonnet on pipes, Tiennet Simonnin on accordéon Sylvain Quéré on guitar. Sylvain Vuidart: transverse flute.Read more »
I came across this amazing Estonian band quite by accident when the concert organiser, a friend of mine, thrust a leaflet in my hand. She was concerned that an Estonian folk group featuring two bagpipers, a modern jazz saxophonist, a rock guitarist and a percussionist who plays on plastic washing bowls would not be a big seller in a small conservative village, unnecessarily as it turned out; the hall was full to capacity and I was the only piper in the audience!Read more »
Yes, we’re back to the Bank Holiday weekend for this year, which gives us more time to indulge in all the qualities that have made The Blowout such a great little festival. Changes: I have taken this opportunity to make the Saturday Bal longer and to move the now extended concert to the Sunday evening. The concert will be followed by an “open stage mini-bal”, featuring Society members. Contact me direct if you want to be part of this.Read more »
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