Blowout 2015 review Sep 2015 in Chanter 2015 Autumn

This is an abridged version of George’s review of Blowout 2015. Read the full article on the website. Since I’ve reported on the Blowout many times our perceptive Editor said, “Why not tell those who don’t go what they’re missing?” So here goes! First, it’s FUN. We often start the weekend with a competition, and this year we were invited to get up and perform a piece of music from stage and screen – not often bagpipe hotspots.

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Pipers of the Plains (Hungary) Jun 2000 in Newsletter 2000 Summer

This edition is from our archives, so it is presented as scanned pages rather than text. You may need to scroll to find the article you’re looking for.

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The Hungarian Bagpipe Dec 1991 in Chanter 1991 Winter

This edition is from our archives, so it is presented as scanned pages rather than text.

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Bagpipes in Austria - A Story of Diversity Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Austria is known throughout the world mostly for the music of Wolfgang A. Mozart, “Silent Night” and “The Sound of Music” (although I have to reveal at this point that hardly anyone has seen the film here). Little is it known to most bagpipers in the world that Austria, too, has had and continues to have a story of piping, and an interesting one at that. The Austria the world knows today is actually a quite young country and consists of only a small part of what was once the Habsburg Empire (which throughout history was commonly labelled as “Austria”) and thus part of the greater Holy Roman Empire.

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Duda, bagpipe from Hungary. Note the parallel drone on the chanter – like the French Boha. Made from African blackwood in 2010 by Istvanfi Balazs, Zebegeny, just north of Budapest.

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