Jane Moulder The months and years seem to swing by in an instant (is this me getting old?) and I’m writing this with less than a month to go before the Blowout but my mind is already racing ahead to my annual pilgrimage to Le Son Continu. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of my first attending the festival. Back in 1988 my exposure to bagpipes had been fairly limited and mainly consisted of the Scottish, Irish and Northumbrian varieties and, through listening to David Munrow recordings, I had some awareness of medieval and renaissance bagpipes.Read more »
We bagpipers are aware that our instrument has a long heritage, in England and elsewhere. We know of times and places where the instrument has been fashionable, indeed aristocratic, yet at other times it has been little more than a beggar’s instrument. Using Andrew Ashbee’s multi-volume “Records of English Court Music”, the account books show that our instrument was held in high regard by our Tudor monarchs, and its players were on a par with performers on viols, violins, shawms, sackbuts and trumpets.Read more »
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