Letcher, Andy

Droning On Dec 2015 in Chanter 2015 Winter

When it comes to bagpipe ornamentation, the options of what physically to do with your fingers aren’t great. You can lift a finger off and put it down again, as with the cut or the trill. You can put a finger down and lift it off again, as with the strike or vibrato. You can slide fingers off rather than lifting them. Or you can put lots of fingers down, usually on the tonic, to give the impression of a staccato – in France, the rappel.

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In the Bag - Yannis Pantazis Dec 2015 in Chanter 2015 Winter

Yannis Pantazis lives on the island of Santorini where he founded a Greek bagpipe workshop and exhibition at La Ponta. As well as making tsabouna, he plays and teaches the instrument and has given workshops, lectures and concerts in many countries such as Italy, Norway, Estonia, France, Great Britain, USA. Alongside the bagpipes, Yannis plays saxophone, blues harp and flutes. He was influenced at very young age by the music of his region (Grevena, Greece) and was brought up in in a musical environment as his father was a percussionist.

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Brittany Sep 2015 in Chanter 2015 Autumn

I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced this, but sometimes after gigs, especially those that have gone well, people come up to you and make all sorts of random offers. (Not that kind of offer. Well, once, but it was a long time ago and I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I don’t share it here.) Like the Miller of fairy tale who persuades the King that his daughter can spin straw into gold, these well- meaning people promise much and deliver little.

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In the Bag - Jon Swayne Sep 2015 in Chanter 2015 Autumn

Jon originally trained as a lawyer and worked as such for twelve years before seeing the light, and turning to his first love, music. Studied Early Woodwind Technology 1977-80, subsequently setting up his workshop in Somerset specialising in bagpipes, whistles and flutes. Founder member of Blowzabella in 1978. Introduced his English Border Pipe which forms the foundation of his work in 1986, and in the same year was elected Honorary President of the Bagpipe Society.

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Droning On Jun 2015 in Chanter 2015 Summer

I enjoyed watching Phil Cunningham’s Pipe Dream, BBC2 in Scotland’s two part documentary celebrating the bagpipes in all their diversity. Any fears that this would be a programme taking cheap shots at pipes or pipers were swiftly allayed. It was, rather, a genuine and heartfelt homage to our instrument, one that was both informative and entertaining. There were many familiar faces, some great footage of the Blowout, and as an added bonus the two episodes went out on either side of International Bagpipe Day.

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In the Bag - Catlin Magi Jun 2015 in Chanter 2015 Summer

Cätlin Mägi is a leading figure in Estonian piping. A champion of the torupil, the Estonian bagpipe, she is a charismatic teacher, performer and recording artist, most recently releasing an album with the Torupilli Jussi Trio. What bagpipes do you play? As I am an Estonian I only play Estonian bagpipes. I have thought of getting myself bagpipes from other countries as well, and being young it seems I still have time …

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Droning On Dec 2014 in Chanter 2014 Winter

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Filiz Ilkay Balta Dec 2014 in Chanter 2014 Winter

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End Drone Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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In the bag - interviews Rod Cannon Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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Droning On Jun 2014 in Chanter 2014 Summer

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In the Bag: Rohan Kriwakzec Jun 2014 in Chanter 2014 Summer

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Interview - Jane Moulder Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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Interview - John Tose Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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Pipers and FaceBook Dec 2013 in Chanter 2013 Winter

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interview with Andrea Hotzco Dec 2013 in Chanter 2013 Winter

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bagpipes and ocarinas Sep 2013 in Chanter 2013 Autumn

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interview with Paul James Sep 2013 in Chanter 2013 Autumn

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In the Bag: Interview with Julien Cartonnet Jun 2013 in Chanter 2013 Summer

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International Bagpipe Day, Oxford Mar 2013 in Chanter 2013 Spring

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Dancing Stones by Woodwose Dec 2012 in Chanter 2012 Winter

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The Cretan Askomandoura Dec 2012 in Chanter 2012 Winter

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Festivals Sep 2012 in Chanter 2012 Autumn

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International Bagpipe Day Jun 2012 in Chanter 2012 Summer

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