Last year Tom Hughes, posted a picture on Facebook that he’d found on a British Library web page depicting a bagpiper from the Maastricht Hours, Medieval book of Hours. It didn’t take much imagination to come up with the idea that if there was one bagpiper, then there may well be one or two more. In fact there turned out to be 15 of them ! The Maastricht Hours was produced in the first quarter of the 14th century in Liege in the Netherlands for an aristocratic woman who it is thought is actually depicted in various places through the manuscript.Read more »
Everything else is turning digital, so why not bagpipes. So, there was I quietly checking what was hap- pening to my Facebook friends, when I noticed that Imogen had a new toy. It was what appeared to be a cross between a whistle and a Stylophone. After a few email exchanges I discovered that it was actually some- thing called a Technopipe. After a little extra research, I had my Will Smith moment, “I’ve got to get one of those.Read more »
Having been praised at the AGM for keeping the costs of producing Chanter down, including saving money on postage by keeping it within the 100g limit for a standard 2nd class letter - I’ve kind of blown it with this issue, having found myself with rather more contributions than I’m used to! So please enjoy this bumper sized edition, and keep those contributions coming in… At the moment I’m looking forward to the Christmas period, for a bit of Morris dancing and of course it is our season for going around with the Mari Lwyd.Read more »
That’s the finished set of pipes below. I had the chanter from Chi Allen’s partner after his death a few years ago and at last got round to bringing it to the Blowout where Dominic Allan sorted me out with a reed that worked in it. It’s not really a French set at all but I thought the layout would make it easy to handle for the Morris where I can easily roll it up and stuff it in my pipes bag without having to deal with pipes sticking out in all directions.Read more »
Before reading this book I was totally unaware of the amazing history of the Dagenham Girl Pipers, though I had heard of the name before and that’s all. This book by Linda Rhodes guides us through their 80 year history, starting with their unlikely beginnings - the brainchild of the non-piping Rev. J.W.Graves who thought a highland pipe band was just the thing for the girls of his sunday school in the newly developing town of Dagenham in the early 30’s.Read more »
One of the ‘perks’ of being Chanter editor is that from time to time I can take the opportunity to blow my own trumpet. I don’t do much public performance these days except occasionally playing the pipes with my Morris team - but on the 6th March I played support for a gig by Sarah McQuaid, ably assisted by my daughter Micayla on ukulele. That might be considered a strange mixture by some people but I think it worked quite well - you can judge for yourself by visiting my Youtube channel ‘Pibydd’.Read more »
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