Unisonus : Branschke Armstrong Duo Yan Cozian : Jon Swayne and Friends Chris Bacon : Chris Allen Terry Mann : Pat Goodacre plus … The Friday Tune competition!! UNISONUS (Sat, Sun concerts) Unisonus are a young ensemble from Salzburg and neighbouring Bavaria. Their main interest lies in exploring and interpreting old sources of popular music as well as contemporary Central European folk music. The aim of their work is to aid in completing the picture of historic folk music between the 17th and 19th century and to secure its place in the established world of Classical music.Read more »
Have we got a programme for you! Eric Montbel ZampogneriA Jane and Eric Moulder Terry Mann Paul Roberts Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant Pat Goodacre plus … The Friday Tune competition!! Eric Montbel (Sat, Sun concerts, workshops plus Saturday Bal) As a musician, collector, ethnomusicologist, teacher, composer, publisher and co-founder of Modal Magazine, the influence of Eric Montbel on the revival of the French bagpipes and their repertoire cannot be overstated and it is a great honour to welcome him back to the Blowout, after far too long an absence.Read more »
From time to time, Ian Clabburn (as the recipient of the website e-mail address) responds to questions sent in from members and non-members on a wide variety of piping issues. These can range from the simple “Where do I get a bagpipe from”, through to more complex style or technique related questions. Therefore, to relieve the pressure on Ian, I thought of opening this up to all members. Put in your call for help and hopefully a response from other members will follow!Read more »
Tucked away on our website, there’s a seldom visited and possibly less well known page I am keen to develop further: the ‘Members’ page’. This is where you will find Bagpipe Society documents, such as the loan policy for our student pipes and criteria for grant applications (upload pending) and access to the Member Directory, but that’s not all: half way down the page, you come to ‘Member-only content’. This is where I am putting all bagpipe plans and any other documents that may be of interest.Read more »
Olle Geris & Toon van Mierlo, Olle Gällmo Porembela, Quentin Budworth, Dave Rowlands John Tose, Terry Mann •plus … The Friday Tune competition!! Full details of the Blowout 2020 can be found on The Bagpipe Society website. Here you will find biographies of the performers and workshop leaders together with details of the workshops and any sheet music that is going to be used. You can also find arrangements for camping and cuisine – including a full menu by our new caterer!Read more »
I need to report on two resignations from the committee. Firstly, George Swallow. He writes: “I regret that owing to my rapidly failing health, I have been obliged to stand down as Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Michael Ross has taken over but I shall remain as a committee member without portfolio until the handover is complete.” George took over the post in 2015, having, some might say, rashly volunteered to manipulate our end of year accounts into a more understandable form some years previously.Read more »
Happy Birthday to us! The inaugural meeting of the Bagpipe Society was held at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University, on December 1st, 1985, so we are officially 30 years old. It was at this meeting that Jon Swayne became Honorary President (for 5 years, apparently) and Dave VanDoorn became Secretary. This single word description vastly understates Dave’s role in establishing The Bagpipe Society and setting its ethos - a deep love and respect for all aspects of the bagpipe, leavened with more than a touch of good humoured irreverence.Read more »
Autumn 2019 brought another trip to Santorini, a visit to the Symposion Music and Mythology Cultural Centre and a welcome opportunity to catch up with progress. I am very pleased to report that the project is going from strength to strength. Yannis and Argy are very happy with developments and are brimming with enthusiasm for the next stages. One of the highlights had occurred earlier in the year when they ran a series of musical presentations to groups of school children (age 8+) from every school on the island.Read more »
Returning to Symposion on the island of Santorini this September (see Chanter Vol 31/4), I was immediately impressed by the transformation that had been achieved over a mere 7 months, between November 2017 and the end of May, in time for their summer season. I had been receiving the occasional progress report but this did not prepare me for the reality: what was a neglected concrete courtyard has now become an inviting wine-cafe and mythological botanical garden, planted with borders of fragrant indigenous herbs, plants and trees plus a number of young mulberry trees.Read more »
Welcome to the programme for our 25th Blowout! We have again been most fortunate to book a wide range of exciting guests from both near and far. There may be updates, so keep an eye our Facebook page and especially our website, where you can read more detailed practical information and download timetables, music scores etc via the Blowout 2017 page. Cätlin Mägi (Estonia), Griff Trio (Belgium), Jon Swayne’s Mystery Band, David Faulkner & Steve Turner, Scott Marshall, Andy Letcher, Sean Jones, Paul Roberts, Pat GoodacreRead more »
It all started off quietly: I received an email from the medical correspondent at USA Today, seeking my response to an article in the medical journal Thorax (22.08.2016) about a previously unidentified condition labelled as Bagpipe Lung which described the case of a lifelong highland piper who developed an ultimately fatal inflammation of the lung caused by an immunological response to inhaled antigens, a number of which were identified as being present in his bagpipes.Read more »
One reason why the Bagpipe Society continues to flourish after 30 years is the energy and enthusiasm of the Society’s committee. Since the very start, we have been fortunate to have a committee that willingly devotes large amounts of time and talent to establishing and continuing the high standards we have come to expect. This year there have been some changes: after many years as membership secretary and treasurer, Michael Ross is standing down from the committee.Read more »
We have now started to post instructional videos on our YouTube channel, in response to a number of enquiries from novice pipers. I had a long discussion about format and content with Jeremy Cooper, who produced the excellent Blowout 2015 video, and we decided on a series of short tutorials covering the basics, such as bag inflation and pressure control, each being of only 5 or 6 minutes duration. One afternoon of filming produced the first eight, which were posted in November and we intend to start work on another batch soon.Read more »
3rd to 5th June Savage Prunes (concerts, Saturday, Sunday) In 2015, the Savage Prunes won the ‘Petites Formations’ competition at ‘Le Son Continu’ music festival, since when they have expanded into a trio. The group is particularly influenced by European folk, as well as baroque, Celtic, jazz, techno, and classical music. Callum Armstrong is an innovative piper whose questing approach to the hitherto unexplored acoustic possibilities of the smallpipe is taking the instrument into areas most of us have never encountered.Read more »
Frank Vickers Paddy Shaw died quite suddenly in June, aged 63. He will be greatly missed. Paddy had joined the ceilidh band, Pendragon, as a bass player. At the time, Pendragon were playing a lot of French music and around 1990 they decided to go to the St Chartier festival. Inspired by the sight (and sound) of La Grande Bande des Cornemuses abseiling down the front of the chateau, Paddy bought a set of Jon Swayne's student pipes and then a very fine set of boxwood pipes in D.Read more »
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