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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I first came across Dimitrios at the Paros tsabouna* festival in 2013. He was clearly a highly respected musician and he certainly cut an imposing figure on the stage with his “bull roar” of a voice and his ability to coax singular and expressive music from an apparently primitive pentatonic bagpipe. That was as far as it went as far as I was concerned. That was until 2015 when we were staying with our friend and tsabouna enthusiast, Evgenia Chanoti, on Mykonos who announced that Dimitrios would be arriving as a special party guest.Read more »
Play it again but slower, lower, over and over! Anytune - Music Practice Perfected (Anystone Technologies inc) Ian Clabburn Anytune Some years ago (Chanter Winter 2006), I reviewed The Amazing Slowdowner from Roni Music (https://www.ronimusic.com). I still use it regularly and have yet to find any similar Windows based software that combines all the desirable features – independent key and tempo changes, EQ, looping – with a simple, intuitive interface you can understand and master within minutes.Read more »
Ian Clabburn - Chairman We enjoy our AGMs. We keep them short and nobody gets to eat the evening meal until we have finished, which no doubt concentrates some minds! As always there’s a mixture of the usual procedures followed and sometimes interrupted by lively debate. The full minutes are available on the website or by email if requested, so here is a brief account of the major points. Money - This year we have supported two major piping events and also bought three additional sets of mouth blown student pipes.Read more »
Much has been written about the story of this fascinating instrument and last year’s Blowout heard it being played by leading maker and practitioner, Robert Matta. This raised a lot of interest in an instrument which is still - surprisingly - relatively unknown in the UK and has featured only once before at the Blowout - by Yan Cozian in 2002 (how time flies!). Looking for a single reeded pipe to add to my collection, a conversation with Yan at Chateau D’Ars led to my placing an order with Association Cozian Saintorens for their “Excellence” model.Read more »
Carnet de bal en Gascogne: Musiques traditionnelles de Gascogne jouées à la boha by Yan Cozian Like many regions of Europe, the last 40 or so years has seen a revival in interest in the traditions and culture of Gascony. With this came an increased desire to dance the old dances to the old tunes, using traditional instruments such as the boha. Starting in the 1970s, revivalists, including Yan Cozian, set about collecting traditional songs and dance tunes from the old players and so preserved a link with the past that was very nearly lost.Read more »
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