In the 1970s and 1980s the duo called Rebec were playing the English folk club and festival circuit. Bob Cross wrote the songs in the renaissance style reminiscent of the love songs of Elizabethan songwriter and lutenist, John Dowland. I was the other half of the duo and my role was to provide recorders, crumhorns, bowed psaltery, glockenspiel and guitar. We also used bagpipes; Bob played Flemish pipes and Northumbrian smallpipes and I played the gaita Gallicia.Read more »
A Weekend in Plovdiv for the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s First Conference “*No shoes on his feet – he still wants a new bagpipe*” goes a Bulgarian saying, resonating probably with most of us in this bagpipe realm. The Bulgarian, sensible people, have difficulties conceiving a festive event without this wonderful instrument. As goes another expression: “*a wedding without a bagpipe is like a funeral*”. These are a couple of sayings I wrote down whilst visiting Plovdiv’s ethnographic museum on Sunday 4th November, following the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s first international conference on Saturday 3rd November.Read more »
Unisonus : Branschke Armstrong Duo Yan Cozian : Jon Swayne and Friends Chris Bacon : Chris Allen Terry Mann : Pat Goodacre plus … The Friday Tune competition!! UNISONUS (Sat, Sun concerts) Unisonus are a young ensemble from Salzburg and neighbouring Bavaria. Their main interest lies in exploring and interpreting old sources of popular music as well as contemporary Central European folk music. The aim of their work is to aid in completing the picture of historic folk music between the 17th and 19th century and to secure its place in the established world of Classical music.Read more »
2 tunes for smallpipes after hearing how grandly the pipes can sound… Feeling a little daunted in January this year following the step of asking Julian Goodacre for his bespoke Leceistershire smallpipes in D, I was also thoroughly encouraged by reading “You’re never too old…(part 2), Austin, Br SSF, Autumn Chanter 2016. Not because I’m old (though I will qualify for a bus pass next year!), but because being myself a parish church organist I felt that there was a shared interest in the challenges and pleasures of playing pipes.Read more »
When Yannis Pantazis was featured in “Tools of the Trade” back in the Winter 2015 edition of Chanter, he chose his workshop as his ‘tool’ and opened with the words “The workshop is like a micro cosmos of our planet: all the elements of nature in the workshop to serve a purpose …. What purpose? To create…”. I really related to that statement not only as a maker but as someone who finds myself hugely influenced by my surroundings.Read more »
Fabio graduated from the University of Bologna with a thesis in ethnomusicology on the Macedonian kaval in 2016 and has always been involved in traditional music, exploring the repertoire and performance practices of flutes, bagpipes and percussion of the Near East (kaval and gajda in Macedonia, ney in Turkey ) and of the European Middle Ages. Particularly interested in the music of oral tradition, he made several trips to the Balkans and Turkey, where music is still taught respecting a traditional path, assimilating the different modal languages and the practices that unite the music scene of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.Read more »
Lisa Wolf-Barbances is a bagpipe maker and musician based in Neuvy Saint Sepulchre in the Indre region of central France. She has taken the plunge and made an excellent and highly personal album drawing on her European musical heritage and family background in Germany, the Czech Republic and central France. It’s all dance music – schottishe, waltz, mazurka, polka, waltz, hanter dro – played on central French cornemuses (16, 20 and 23 pouces) and Hümmelchen.Read more »
It should be stated right from the outset that this is not primarily an album focusing on bagpipes – though do not let that deflect your interest in any way whatsoever. The album is a wonderful array of late medieval instrumental music presented on a wide variety of wind instruments. The album features recorder trios, bagpipe trios, shawms, slide trumpets, sackbuts and some very well-presented percussion. It offers a very rewarding variety of sound presented by the five musicians present for this recording - Belinda Paul, Lizzie Gutteridge, Emily Baines, Daniel Serafini and Louise Anna Duggan.Read more »
Complied, edited and designed by Pete Stewart It is always exciting to get a book through the post. I wasn’t disappointed. My first impression is that it is beautifully produced, feels good and opens easily for me to enjoy. Right away I know it would be easy for me to underestimate the amount of work that has gone into producing Some Of Me Tunes. Having this book is like welcoming Julian into your home.Read more »
Bagpiping In Portugal 18th C nativity scene Although they could have dated from earlier, from the late middle ages onwards, there is plenty of surviving iconographical evidence in Portugal to show existence of bagpipes in the country. The evidence is in the form of illuminations, paintings, sculptures and engravings. From the 18th century there are numerous clay and wooden nativity scenes, which include depictions of Portuguese popular and rural life, where one can spot many bagpipers.Read more »
The recreation of a complex instrument as seen from a luthier’s point of view. The “Musette de Cour” that I had the honour to recreate is an old, original specimen and is presently kept at the Calvet Museum in Avignon and was probably made by Martin Hotteterre at the end of the 17th century. Eric Montbel invited me to work with him on this ambitious project as he had seen in me a luthier who was prepared to take on the recreation of such a complex instrument.Read more »
An interview with Thorsten Tetz Thorsten, how did you get into making bagpipes? It was clear to me that I did not wish to keep my job as a nurse until I collected my old age pension. In the search for alternatives, a happy coincidence gave me the opportunity to work for the bagpipe maker Olle Geris. I was at Olle’s workshop having some maintenance work done on my instrument and Olle complained that there was so much to do.Read more »
Please note, we are planning to improve the formatting of the below! Grace Notes 2 More reflections on Colin Ross - Richard Evans 3 A weekend with Callum and Matthias - Kirsten Baron 5 The largest collection - Cassandre Balosso-Bardin 6 The Zhelbuaz - is it real? - Andrea Kirkby 11 In Praise of Old Pipes - Francis Wood 14 Experiments with Composing for a Bagpipe Duo - Callum ArmstrongRead more »
Please note, we are planning to improve the formatting of the below! Grace Notes Bagpipes Go to Somerset - Dave Faulkner and Rachel Hill 5 Beauty in Tears - Dave Rowlands 8 The Macedonian Gajda - Part II - Fabio Resta 14 E periments with Elder Pipes - Paul Martin 18 Chanter Reeds & What the Chanter Reads - Marius Lutgerink 5* Tools of the Trade: The Octogonalizer - Mike YorkRead more »
Please note, we are planning to improve the formatting of the below! Grace Notes 3 Bagpipes Go to Somerset - Dave Faulkner and Rachel Hill 5 Beauty in Tears - Dave Rowlands 8 The Macedonian Gajda - Part II - Fabio Resta 14 Experiments with Elder Pipes - Paul Martin 18 Chanter Reeds & What the Chanter Reads - Marius Lutgerink 25 Tools of the Trade: The Octogonalizer - Mike YorkRead more »
Spring 2019, Edited by Jane Moulder Vol 33, No 1 Front cover: Bagpipe maker and Back Cover: A Hungarian bagpipe player, Thorsten Tetz Back Cover: A Hungarian bagpipe player, Thorsten Tetz. from the Georg Stuber collection. Photographed by Cassandre Balosso-Bardin "One of the most frequently reproduced sixteenth century depictions of the bagpipe in Ireland is the piping pig in Royal Irish Academy MS D ii 2 (fo.Read more »
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