We bagpipers are aware that our instrument has a long heritage, in England and elsewhere. We know of times and places where the instrument has been fashionable, indeed aristocratic, yet at other times it has been little more than a beggar’s instrument. Using Andrew Ashbee’s multi-volume “Records of English Court Music”, the account books show that our instrument was held in high regard by our Tudor monarchs, and its players were on a par with performers on viols, violins, shawms, sackbuts and trumpets.Read more »
Have we got a programme for you! Eric Montbel ZampogneriA Jane and Eric Moulder Terry Mann Paul Roberts Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant Pat Goodacre plus … The Friday Tune competition!! Eric Montbel (Sat, Sun concerts, workshops plus Saturday Bal) As a musician, collector, ethnomusicologist, teacher, composer, publisher and co-founder of Modal Magazine, the influence of Eric Montbel on the revival of the French bagpipes and their repertoire cannot be overstated and it is a great honour to welcome him back to the Blowout, after far too long an absence.Read more »
« Caption here » Have a look at the picture on the back cover and can you come up with an appropriate caption for the poor bagpiper? Please send your captions, by 30^th^ April, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org The image comes from a much larger painting by Hans Bols. There seem to be two versions of this painting, one in the Gemaldergalerie in Berlin and another in the Sternberg Palace, Prague.Read more »
A fontanelle on a tenor shawm As researchers and instrument makers of historical instruments, Eric and I have to gather information and inspiration from as many sources as possible. In our field of renaissance double reed woodwind instruments, it is fortunate that there are still some extant examples, albeit in museum collections which may or may not have been well cared for over the last few centuries.Read more »
Bagpipers 9-11 March 2018, Palma, Mallorca, Spain Tired of rainy, grey days? Why not join us in March at the fourth International Bagpipe Conference in Palma, Mallorca. We will be celebrating International Bagpipe Day 2018 (10 March) with our regular biennial conference in Mallorca, where there is a rich and unbroken piping tradition. Supported by the Bagpipe Society, the LBPS as well as the Mallorcan government, the Council for tourism, the town of Palma, the Council for culture and the town of Sóller, we have a full programme of piping activities prepared.Read more »
Jane Moulder Whilst writing this, I am looking out of my window at the snow falling down and thinking that it really would be great to go to Mallorca for the International Bagpipe Organisation conference in March! Sadly I can’t because of other commitments but whilst it may now be very short notice, if you can spare the time, then do see if you can find a last minute cheap flight as it really does look like bagpipe heaven to me!Read more »
Meira Segal Meira Segal was born at 1986 in Israel. Her love to music started in childhood when she started playing recorders but when she was 18 she discovered the reed flute, or Ney, on one of her travels to the Sinai Desert. She started playing both Turkish and Arabic ney but over the years she has added the Bulgarian Kaval, Egyptian Kawla and agpipes were added to her repertoire.Read more »
The Friday competition is one of the many annual highlights of The Blowout. However there has often been the suggestion that it has an unfair bias towards those persons who own, or can actually play, a bagpipe. To redress this situation the June 2018 competition has been devised with two special classes that can be entered by more normal persons. One Tune to The Tune of Another. (Open to bagpipers) Each contestant has 3 minutes to attempt to play one tune to the tune of another on the bagpipes.Read more »
Play it again but slower, lower, over and over! Anytune - Music Practice Perfected (Anystone Technologies inc) Ian Clabburn Anytune Some years ago (Chanter Winter 2006), I reviewed The Amazing Slowdowner from Roni Music (https://www.ronimusic.com). I still use it regularly and have yet to find any similar Windows based software that combines all the desirable features – independent key and tempo changes, EQ, looping – with a simple, intuitive interface you can understand and master within minutes.Read more »
Cabit - Unico Filio Available from Felmay music http://www.felmay.it/shop/ 13.50€ https://www.facebook.com/cabitcornamuse/ As I mentioned in Grace Notes, I’m a great lover of Italian music and so, when this CD came in for review, instead of approaching other potential reviewers, I asserted editor’s privileges and kept it for myself. I’m very pleased I did! Cabit is based in Genoa in the Ligurian area of Italy and comprises of the duo of Davide Baglietto on bagpipes and Edmondo Romano playing a variety of wind instruments such as whistles, flute, clarinet and saxophone as well as pipes.Read more »
Die Stimme des Windes Michael Peter Vereno. 2015. Hamburg: Baar-Verlag. 240 pages. ISBN: 978-3-935536-76-9 Editor’s Note: Thank to The Journal of Folklore Research Reviews who very kindly gave me permission to reprint this review which first appeared in September 2017. http://www.indiana.edu/~jfr/reviews.php The subject matter of Die Stimme des Windes: Sprachliches zur Geschichte der Sackpfeife (The Voice of the Wind: A Linguistic History of the Bagpipe) might seem to be of limited interest to folklorists and ethnomusicologists, except perhaps for those narrowly focused on organology, but it addresses a serious and pervasive deficiency in how the field applies linguistic evidence to historic studies.Read more »
Gaitas de Fole em Portugal Available from http://paulotatomarinho.pt (€13 for Portugal, €13.50 for Europe and €14.50 for the rest of the world) After a tough week with little sleep and many deadlines, both met and unmet, I sit in my kitchen, open the beautiful black and white album cover and insert the CD into the computer. I fit my earphones in so I don’t bother anyone on this Sunday morning and as the first notes hit my ears I am immediately transported to 13 years ago when I travelled all over Galicia with my new pipes.Read more »
Part of the old rood-screen (15thC) at St Leonard’s Church, Ribbesford, Herefordshire, England The Bagpipe Map was officially launched at the International Bagpipe Conference In Glasgow in March 2016, at which point it contained around 35 items with many more awaiting uploading. This total rose to around 140 during the following eighteen months or so. Since then it has gone into recuperation mode, though a new separate map has been introduced containing details of carvings of Pipe and Tabor players in the UK, and one or two tentative ventures across to mainland Europe have been made.Read more »
*Photography by Pablo Carpintero and Alba Vázquez Carpenter * Pablo Carpintero is an ethnomusicologist, musician, maker and researcher into Galician culture. A biologist by training, he has a PhD in science and was a professor of biochemistry at the University of Santiago. He has been a UNESCO consultant working for two years on the committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage and also in the Spanish Ministerio de Cultura committee for ICH. He is a member of the Association of Gaiteiros Galegos and directs a group who specialize in Galician musical traditions: A Requinta de Xian.Read more »
Looming Pins, close-up Over the years I have honoured several of my tools by giving them specific names. In a previous edition of Chanter I described the Goodacre’s Razor, an invaluable tuning tool, which I named in honour of Mr Occam, of Ockham (a small village in Surrey), who may- or may- not have actually even existed. I seldom have an opportunity these days to use my Blandaderstiddle, now that all my drone reeds are all made from plastic.Read more »
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