I recently started working at Norton Priory, a historic site in Runcorn, Cheshire, which is Europe’s most excavated monastery. One of the first things I did was to investigate if there was any bagpipe connection with the place. At first I thought I would be disappointed, no carvings of bagpipers in the monastic ruins, or documents of pipers visiting the site. But then I came across the diary of Mary Brooke…Read more »
For many years one of my favourite bagpipe albums has been John Tose’s ‘Cerrig Dymuniad’ and it was with great excitement that I awaited the album from the band Estron, which features John’s piping and a similar approach to traditional Welsh tunes. Estron comprises John Tose - pibau cyrn, Danny Tose - also pibau cyrn, Micky Tose - ukulele and clarinet, Holly Robinson - fiddle, and Jess Ward - harp, it’s a great combination which suits the repertoire perfectly and gives the impression of a lively gathering of musicians, sharing tunes and enjoying the tradition.Read more »
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