For those of you leading busy lives who might not have the time or inclination to read a thousand words of text without checking your email or social networking feed here is the “executive summary” in 140 characters: “This is a good book for £12 with good tunes in it. If you have an interest in playing Irish music on the border bagpipes, you should buy it.” Having thus satisfied the Twitterati and their ilk, we can afford to adopt a slightly more discursive style and go into a bit more detail.Read more »
This article is about the creation of musical variations; something that has been part of the piping tradition, in England and elsewhere, for almost as long as it has had a re- corded history. The three most proximate roots for this piece all come from the Blowout held in 2011. The first inspiration was a conversation I had with Clive Mathews in which he deplored the “current habit” of playing through a set of variations more than once.Read more »
The meeting opened at 17:03 Apologies: Jon Swayne Minutes of previous meeting: The minutes of the previous meeting were approved. Matters Arising: Website — discussed later under Publicity Student Pipes — Nothing happened (no info from David Faulkner); it was agreed to drop the action. Pig Plate — Judy Rockliff did contact Don Ward who, after six months(!), did send the requested picture. It was agreed to continue the action (Judy to publish the picture in Chanter, or on the web site, and solicit suggestions for what kind of activity to do with it).Read more »
Dear John, Sometimes I feel like bagpipes are following me everywhere. My wife brought home an old book entitled Costume of Household Servants by Phillis Cunnington and I just opened it up at random to find a discussion of ‘bagpipe sleeves’ in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I’d never heard of this before so thought I’d send it to you in case it interests others. Cunnington says “The sleeves were very wide, hanging low down, expanding to a funnel shape below.Read more »
John Tose: Arriving at Polesworth, and whilst setting up camp in the field behind the Abbey – looking forward to an evening chilling out over some cider, a barbeque, and a few tunes with the girls – I was collared by none other than Julian Goodacre. Apparently my pres- ence was required in the hall as he had some- thing planned about an assembly dedicated to producing a standard chanter. No rest for the wicked.Read more »
Dave was a founder member of the Bagpipe Society who passed away in December. His contribution to the English Bagpipe Revival, especially in the early days cannot be overestimated, as can be seen in these reminiscences: My first encounter with Dave VanDoorn was in characteristically surreal surroundings. It was the inaugural meeting of (what was then known as) the “English Bagpipe Society” in December 1985. Although I can recall few details of the meeting itself, I have a vivid memory of us going through the galleries of the Pitt-Rivers museum afterwards and gazing at the shrunken heads.Read more »
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