Swayne, Jonathan

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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In the Bag - Jon Swayne Sep 2015 in Chanter 2015 Autumn

Jon originally trained as a lawyer and worked as such for twelve years before seeing the light, and turning to his first love, music. Studied Early Woodwind Technology 1977-80, subsequently setting up his workshop in Somerset specialising in bagpipes, whistles and flutes. Founder member of Blowzabella in 1978. Introduced his English Border Pipe which forms the foundation of his work in 1986, and in the same year was elected Honorary President of the Bagpipe Society.

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Tuning - A Well Tempered Response Dec 2014 in Chanter 2014 Winter

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Two Union Chanters Jun 2014 in Chanter 2014 Summer

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On tuning and temperaments Jun 2011 in Chanter 2011 Summer

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A point of view Jun 2008 in Chanter 2008 Summer

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Danse Auvergnat Fontaine petrifiante Mar 2008 in Chanter 2008 Spring

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Love & a Bottle by Jon Swayne & Becky Price Dec 2005 in Chanter 2005 Winter

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Plastic chanter reeds Sep 2005 in Chanter 2005 Autumn

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The Pastoral Bagpipe Mar 2001 in Chanter 2001 Spring

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A bagpipe development story Dec 1997 in Chanter 1997 Winter

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English 'Renaissance' Bagpipe in G Dec 1997 in Chanter 1997 Winter

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Jon Swayne – pipemaker Nov 1987 in Newsletter 1987 November

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Cabrette Tuning - Yet Again! Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Firstly, may I thank Jon Swayne for taking the trouble to reply to my scribblings on this topic. I am grateful to read something written with authority rather than from a point of ignorance (like mine!). Really, mine was just a series of thoughts and questions put down in the hope of getting some insight which I think Jon has provided. I would also like to apologise for the sloppy use of the term “Just Intonation” when I should have used a term which did not have a technical meaning.

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From the Chairman Mar 2016 in Chanter 2016 Spring

Happy Birthday to us! The inaugural meeting of the Bagpipe Society was held at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University, on December 1st, 1985, so we are officially 30 years old. It was at this meeting that Jon Swayne became Honorary President (for 5 years, apparently) and Dave VanDoorn became Secretary. This single word description vastly understates Dave’s role in establishing The Bagpipe Society and setting its ethos - a deep love and respect for all aspects of the bagpipe, leavened with more than a touch of good humoured irreverence.

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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.

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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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Cabrette Tuning Yet Again... Mar 2016 in Chanter 2016 Spring

It’s good to see the subject of tuning and scales capturing the interest of members, because it’s a subject hard to understand and therefore not well understood. So I was fascinated to turn to Ray Brown’s thoughts on the tuning of the Cabrette in the Winter 2015 edition of Chanter, the third response to Ian Clabburn’s original article in Chanter of Summer 2014. Ray covered a wide range of topics and raised a large number of questions.

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Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, Staffs Featuring Griff Trio Cätlin Mägi The Jon Swayne Mystery Band David Faulkner and Steve Turner Paul Roberts Sean Jones Scott Marshall Pat Goodacre Terry Mann plus… The Friday Tune competition!! Download: Saturday schedule Sunday schedule For workshop material downloads, go to the “Workshops” section below Griff (Sat, Sun) “They are 3. They are from Belgium. And they are great musicians.

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Blowout 2016 Jun 2016

Polesworth Abbey, near Tamworth, Staffs 3rd to 5th June Featuring Savage Prunes Juraj Dufek Estron MoltenAmba Jean Pierre Rasle Vicki Swan Sean Jones Cliff Stapleton Julian Scott Dave Rowlands Andy Letcher plus… The Friday Tune competition! Savage Prunes Callum Armstrong of the Savage Prunes The Savage Prunes are a young and innovative band from England, playing new compositions on traditional instruments. Having won the ‘Petit Formations’ competition at Le Son Continu 2015 as a duo, the ‘Prunes’ now exist as a trio.

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2 drone student pipes in G by Jon Swayne. Applewood. Mouth blown. Our gallery is currently under construction. We’ll add more informtion soon.

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Border pipes in D by Jon Swayne. Border Pipes in Plumwood, plastic ivory mounts, silver ferrules. Bellows-blown. Border pipes by Dominic Allan. D pipes in damson with blackwood and boxwood mounts, G pipes in blackthorn with boxwood mounts. Border pipes is a generic term applied to bagpipes that have - usually - 3 drones in a common stock and a relatively loud “scottish type” chanter.

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2 drone “Medieval” pipes in G by Jon Swayne. Mouth blown pipes in the style of early pictoral representations. Chaucer tells us that bagpipes were a feature of medieval English life: the Miller pipes his fellow pilgrims on their way in the Canterbury Tales. Images tell us that medieval pipes were mouth blown, usually had a conical bore, a single drone and a large round bag.

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