English Great Pipes

Blowout 2016 Mar 2016 in Chanter 2016 Spring

3rd to 5th June Savage Prunes (concerts, Saturday, Sunday) In 2015, the Savage Prunes won the ‘Petites Formations’ competition at ‘Le Son Continu’ music festival, since when they have expanded into a trio. The group is particularly influenced by European folk, as well as baroque, Celtic, jazz, techno, and classical music. Callum Armstrong is an innovative piper whose questing approach to the hitherto unexplored acoustic possibilities of the smallpipe is taking the instrument into areas most of us have never encountered.

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2 drone “English Great Pipes in High D by Julian Goodacre, made from English damson wood, modelled on an illustration of The Miller from Chaucers Canterbury Tales (Ellesmere Manuscript 1440’s) The English Greatpipe was developed by Julian Goodacre and has the external features of Chaucer’s miller’s bagpipe. There are no surviving historical instruments. They are made in a variety of pitches and work well in harmony. They have a bright, stiking presence and a unique sound, which the miller would probably recognise!

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