The Bagpipe Society

The bagpipe as an instrument of protest: early references and recent trends

A short note in the Autumn 2021 edition of Chanter about the detention of a number of people who were playing bagpipes during a mass demonstration in Minsk resonated with me.1 References also occur in a range of historical sources to the use of the instrument in various types of protest situations in 17th and 18th century Ireland. Collating and reviewing these occurrences leads one to determine that the practice is quite well established....