Shaw, Paddy

25 Years of Blowout Saturdays Mar 2017 in Chanter 2017 Spring

This year marks the 25th Blowout. The Bagpipe Society began in order to support the re-emergence of English piping in the ’80s. To me, the Saturday night Blowout concert reflects what is best about the state of piping in any one year. And then the bal afterwards shows how we keep up the quality and let our hair down at the same time. Last year, as I emerged from yet another incredible Saturday night concert, it struck me that these concerts demonstrate the maturity of the Bagpipe Society and its willingness to experiment.

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Paddy Shaw Remembered Sep 2021 in Chanter 2021 Autumn

Frank Vickers Paddy Shaw died quite suddenly in June, aged 63. He will be greatly missed. Paddy had joined the ceilidh band, Pendragon, as a bass player. At the time, Pendragon were playing a lot of French music and around 1990 they decided to go to the St Chartier festival. Inspired by the sight (and sound) of La Grande Bande des Cornemuses abseiling down the front of the chateau, Paddy bought a set of Jon Swayne's student pipes and then a very fine set of boxwood pipes in D.

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