Roberts, Paul

Captain Cook's Piper Revisited Jun 2009 in Chanter 2009 Summer

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Letters Mar 2005 in Chanter 2005 Spring

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Captain Cook's Piper Dec 2001 in Chanter 2001 Winter

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Pipes on Catain Cook's ship? Jun 2001 in Chanter 2001 Summer

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There is a widespread belief that numerous distinctive regional bagpipes formerly existed in England. This is largely based on a handful of continually recycled 17th century references. In fact, these references mention only three instruments - the “Lincolnshire”, “Lancashire” and “Scotch” bagpipes. In general, the discourse has suggested either that the Lincolnshire and Lancashire instruments didn’t exist, the references simply reflecting the popularity of ordinary bagpipes in those counties; or that they were purely regional peasant bagpipes, long defunct and now unidentifiable; while references to the “Scotch bagpipe” in an English context have largely been ignored.

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