Articles by: Merryweather, James

The A Train – the debate continues Mar 2001 in Chanter 2001 Spring

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Piping pigs Dec 2000 in Chanter 2000 Winter

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Picture Stories – bagpipe images Sep 2000 in Chanter 2000 Autumn

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The Great Highland Bagpipe by Lismor Recordings Sep 2000 in Chanter 2000 Autumn

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In search of the cornish pipes Dec 1999 in Newsletter 1999 Winter

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Debagging & Rebagging - a warning to researchers Sep 1999 in Newsletter 1999 Autumn

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Common Grounds Jun 1999 in Newsletter 1999 Summer

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Marwood Double Bagpipes Dec 1998 in Newsletter 1998 Winter

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Cretan bagpipes Nov 1987 in Newsletter 1987 November

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John Bartendale, 17th Centure York Piper Nov 1987 in Newsletter 1987 November

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Calls and Responses Sep 2017 in Chanter 2017 Autumn

Calls and Responses was held back in the last edition due to it being the Iberian Special. For those of you who can’t remember Andy Letcher’s Call from March this year I have reprinted it in front of James Merryweather’s response. Further Calls for the next edition should be submitted to me at janethepiper@gmail.com by 1st November at the latest. Call: I found the following quote in the Wikipedia entry on ‘Tharapita’, the Estonian thunder god.

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Lindisfarne Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Columbus Folk Music Society annually puts on a weekend of free concerts, workshops and assorted exhibits, the Central Ohio Folk Festival. It’s a friendly local event, tucked away in a country park surrounded by forest a few miles out of town. Friends took me along to this May festival, and once parked, we strolled around, getting our bearings. Before we really knew where we were or what was going on, my bagpipe detectors began twitching and I dragged everybody in the direction of the performance stage.

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Raeren Bagpipe Bottle & Jugs Jan 0001 in Chanter 2020 Winter

Images to follow It was a fast-flowing cascade of happenstance, discovery and opportunities: Time Team. I’ve been binge watching [If I had my time again, I’d aspire to be an archaeologist.] and they dug up a neck fragment from a Bellarmine jug, the bit with a bearded face on it. I’ve been intrigued by them for years and seeing the programme reminded me that maybe I should try to get myself one.

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That Irish Piping Pig Stamp Nov 2018 in Chanter 2018 Winter

As a, perhaps notorious, defender of the proper interpretation of historical information, I felt compelled to comment on Chanter’s brief article about a bagpiping pig on an Irish postage stamp.1 I have no problem with $ean $tewart’s presentation, but I do find the text accompanying the stamp2 annoyingly naïve and potentially misleading to any reader who is unfamiliar with the real history of bagpipes. It would be equally wrong to call the bagpipe the pig is playing a Duda, Chimpoi, Tulum or GHBP.

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Bagpipes in the West Highland Museum Sep 2019 in Chanter 2019 Autumn

Bagpipes in the West Highland Museum by Ross Calderwood and James Merryweather In April 2019, the two of us visited Fort William to examine properly the bagpipes we had previously seen on display at the museum there, inaccessible behind glass but recognised as, at the very least, interesting. Having gained the interest and trust of the curator, we were also shown boxes of complete and incomplete bagpipes which the museum had insufficient space for display.

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Tuning and Temperament Mar 2017 in Chanter 2017 Spring

IN TUNE OR OUT OF TUNE? Tuning is a matter that is utterly fundamental to musical quality, yet it seems many musicians pay it little heed. When it comes to temperament, I find most musicians to whom I mention it haven’t a clue what I’m talking about, indeed I suspect quite a few have only a rudimentary grasp of tuning, which they surely need if they’re going to put it into practice.

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