Moulder, Jane

Grace Notes Feb 2018 in Chanter 2018 Spring

Jane Moulder Whilst writing this, I am looking out of my window at the snow falling down and thinking that it really would be great to go to Mallorca for the International Bagpipe Organisation conference in March! Sadly I can’t because of other commitments but whilst it may now be very short notice, if you can spare the time, then do see if you can find a last minute cheap flight as it really does look like bagpipe heaven to me!

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Grace Notes Nov 2017 in Chanter 2017 Winter

Welcome to the Winter edition of Chanter and I hope there will be something to interest everyone whether a player, maker, researcher or simply an enthusiast. I am particularly pleased that Paul Roberts has submitted his work to date on the evolution of the “pastoral pipe” in Britain. I have heard Paul’s presentation at both the International Bagpipe Organisation’s Conference and the Blowout and as the majority of members were unable to be at either of these, it is good to be able to print it in Chanter.

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Grace Notes Sep 2017 in Chanter 2017 Autumn

Welcome to the first ever full colour edition of Chanter. As editor it gives me much pleasure in being able to write that sentence! It has always been something of a frustration that some of the articles are not reproduced to their best, as the colour photographs that are normally submitted by contributors do not always clearly convert to black and white. Hopefully, that is now all resolved.

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Calls and Responses Jun 2017 in Chanter 2017 Summer

Editor’s Note: There was something of an editorial oversight in the last edition. Somehow, Jon Swayne’s response to Andy Letcher’s question on tapering bores (p.11) acquired an extra paragraph at the end of his article. At this point I must confess I have no idea where the paragraph came from and who wrote it! So, I will reprint it as a “Call” and hope that there are some “Responses” – and to both Jon and the questioner – apologies!

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Grace Notes Jun 2017 in Chanter 2017 Summer

Well, there I was, thinking that last Chanter’s bumper edition was going to be a one off – but here we go again! I’m very pleased that it is the gaita and the pipes of Iberia that have caused this second oversized volume in a row because there’s a special place in my heart for these instruments. What has become very clear to me in reading through all of the articles is that in the same way that the generic word “bagpipe” covers a multitude of different forms and type of instrument, so it is with gaita.

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Grace Notes Mar 2017 in Chanter 2017 Spring

Welcome to this Bumper Edition of Chanter! It is, I think, the largest edition of Chanter to have ever been published. As editor, I was in enviable position that so many excellent articles had been submitted I was having difficulty in deciding which ones would be held back for the future – so I have resolved the issue by simply putting them all in! A big thank you to all the contributors.

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Grace Notes Nov 2016 in Chanter 2016 Winter

Welcome to another edition of Chanter – the last in the Society’s 30th anniversary year. As we approach the end of 2016, I think the Society can look back with a degree of satisfaction as to what it has achieved over this period but also look forward to many more years of making a positive contribution to the world of bagpipes and bagpipers. In 2016 the Society has given financial support to various initiatives and this Chanter includes reports from two events which have benefitted.

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Grace Notes Aug 2016 in Chanter 2016 Autumn

Any comments from me will be short and sweet this quarter as this is another packed edition of Chanter with little room for superfluous words. An excellent state of affairs! I’m particularly pleased that, after a long absence, this edition contains a number of tunes, both old and new. The 30th Anniversary of The Bagpipe Society was celebrated at the Blowout with a tune competition and there was a plethora of excellent entries from Society members, a couple of which are reproduced here.

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Grace Notes Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Since the last edition of Chanter, I have visited Glasgow and the National Piping Centre twice. This feels a bit like the arrival of the long awaited Number 64 bus — having not been to Scotland for over 30 years, I then have two forays north of the border within 3 months of each other. The two occasions were very different though. At the end of February I attended the bi-annual conference of the International Bagpipe Organisation (IBO) for the first time.

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Grace Notes, Spring 2016 Mar 2016 in Chanter 2016 Spring

This is a celebratory year for The Bagpipe Society – it’s 30 years old! Further inside, Ian Clabburn, the Chairman, gives details of just one of the ways this event is going to be marked. With this anniversary in mind, it is particularly poignant that we received the sad news that the Society’s co-founder, Dave VanDoorn, died recently. It was Dave who first started producing a regular newsletter which, over time, morphed into Chanter.

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Grace notes Dec 2015 in Chanter 2015 Winter

Welcome to the Winter edition of Chanter where you will find articles covering quite a diverse range of bagpipes and subjects. As editor, it’s interesting the way it goes – almost like the number 29 bus. You wait for ages for an article on eastern European bagpipes to be submitted, then suddenly two of three come along in quick succession. Both in this edition, and the next Chanter, there are features on the volynka, gaida and pipes that I, for one, am less familiar with.

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The Bagpipers of John Astbury Dec 2015 in Chanter 2015 Winter

I have recently been in correspondence with Jenny Coxon, dulcimer player and music researcher, in connection with my ongoing search for Hale the Piper. As a result of our correspondence, she very kindly offered me some photographs of a Staffordshire pottery figure which she had in her collection and were now surplus to her requirements. I was, of course, a grateful recipient and I am pleased to be able to include the photos in this edition of Chanter (rear cover and left).

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Grace Notes Sep 2015 in Chanter 2015 Autumn

I was unable to get to Le Son Continu this year for personal reasons and its absence from my calendar brought home how important such gatherings are to me. It’s not just about the instruments and music but it’s also about personal relationships and the feeling of belonging to a community. In this way, the Blowout is also a vital part of my year. For one thing - I don’t have to explain about bagpipes!

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Grace Notes: Bagpipes in the Media Jun 2015 in Chanter 2015 Summer

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling really quite positive about the way bagpipes are now being reported in the media. Yes, they are still first and foremost associated with Scotland and they will always, no doubt, be the butt of a few jokes (the poor viola and banjo likewise suffer the same fate) but I think attitudes and approaches are slowly changing. In only 3 years, International Bagpipe Day has helped raise the profile of bagpipes and provided a focused vehicle for demonstrating the breadth and variety of the different types of bagpipes and their associated cultures.

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Grace Notes Dec 2014 in Chanter 2014 Winter

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Grace notes Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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Memories of the Blowout 2014 Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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Minstrel's court 2014 Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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More on The Wandering Piper Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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New Bagpipe App Sep 2014 in Chanter 2014 Autumn

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Starting Drone Jun 2014 in Chanter 2014 Summer

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International Bagpipe Day Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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Piva Emiliane Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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Recontres de Luthiers...news Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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Review Pivenelsacco CD Mar 2014 in Chanter 2014 Spring

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