Since the last edition of Chanter, I have visited Glasgow and the National Piping Centre twice. This feels a bit like the arrival of the long awaited Number 64 bus — having not been to Scotland for over 30 years, I then have two forays north of the border within 3 months of each other. The two occasions were very different though. At the end of February I attended the bi-annual conference of the International Bagpipe Organisation (IBO) for the first time.Read more »
You may remember in the Winter 2014 Chanter, I reported that there was an online petition to protest about the proposed change of name to the Boha. At the IBO Conference Yan Cozian and Jean Michel Espinasse explained the background to the issue and below is an abbreviation of their talk. — Editor. Occitan The word, boha, is an Occitan word, which comes from the verb “to blow”.Read more »
During an extensive historical survey of the boha, the bagpipe of the Gascon lands, we came across a large number of examples which displayed the craft of pewter inlay. This article will illustrate the technique previously described in Chanter Winter 2016 by Pascal Petiprez from the COMDT (Toulouse-France). It will show what the study revealed about the different uses of pewter in boha design and also show some of the various applications on the instruments.Read more »
During a conference in Barbaste in 2012, Robert Matta gave a detailed demonstation of his manufacturing technique for his boha reeds. After numerous experiements, he determined the dimensions and measurements that best suited his bagpipes. Only a few materials are required, just a Plexiglass body and a strip of carbon fibre or cane. Then, having assembled the reed, all that is required is to vary the thickness of the carbon fibre or cane strip to refine the setting.Read more »
On Saturday morning, just as people were arriving, Thodoris, one of the volunteers, walked up to me and whispered: “Wow! I had no idea Andy Letcher was such a rock star!” This is what the International Bagpipe Conference is about: putting faces to names (sometimes they look like proper rock stars), meeting new people, creating contacts and having a piping time. This year’s International Bagpipe Conference was held at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.Read more »
Much has been written about the story of this fascinating instrument and last year’s Blowout heard it being played by leading maker and practitioner, Robert Matta. This raised a lot of interest in an instrument which is still - surprisingly - relatively unknown in the UK and has featured only once before at the Blowout - by Yan Cozian in 2002 (how time flies!). Looking for a single reeded pipe to add to my collection, a conversation with Yan at Chateau D’Ars led to my placing an order with Association Cozian Saintorens for their “Excellence” model.Read more »
Traditional Boha (Cornemuse Landaise). From South West France, 19th Century. A modern development of the traditional Boha with the addition of a bass drone, inside the bag. Some fingerholes can be plugged to allow the Boha to play in several keys/modes. Adrian Villeneuve - Congo du Haut Agenais The boha originated the Landaise region of South West France. It appears in early photographs of shepherds wearing their districtive fleece coats and stilts for keeping track of their far ranging flocks.Read more »
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