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!Read more »
Bonny Lad if you can shew me the way to Wallington This odd looking tune is displayed in the FARNE archive, in the section devoted to the Henry Clough Collection, with the following note :- “This may or may not be a version of the more common tune of a similar title; it is included as a curiosity and to see whether anyone can decipher its meaning - the ending has shades of The Rocky Road to Dublin, and while strain 2 is evidently in 9/8 strain 1 is more erratically written.Read more »
These are notes from Dave Rowland’s workshop given at the Blowout, June 2015. The workshop is designed to take a simple tune and look at some specific gracing that may work on our pipes, and to look at how we can vary a tune during our playing of it. It is designed to accommodate Jon Swayne style Border pipes, and others, in the key of “D”. It is based on two statements by Breandon Breathnach, the Uilleann piper and collector of tunes.Read more »
It is an accepted fact that at some point, probably around 1770-80, players of pastoral pipes gradually removed the bottom joint of their chanters and started playing them on the knee. In this short piece I will explore one possible scenario, one possible driver to that transformation. Pictorially, there is little evidence. The Irish piper curiously sketched by John Malchair in 1784 (Oxford) shows him playing on the knee. (See image on back cover).Read more »
Many thanks to Dave Rowlands for sending in a wonderful selection of photographs taken during his travels in Iberia and Madeira. I’ve selected just a few of his images to share with you. Top left: From the monastery at Poblet, Catalunia. Top right: Decoration on a park bench in Madeira. Bottom left: Toledo Cathedral. Bottom right: On the church of San Jeronimo in Madrid (restored 1880)Read more »
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