The Bagpipe Society

Latvian Bagpipes: Dūdas (Somas Stabules)

This story is about Latvian bagpipes. Like elsewhere in the world, many Latvians believe that bagpipes are played mainly in Scotland, and that Latvian bagpipes must be some kind of Scottish bagpipe. They are surprised when they are told that bagpipes in Latvia have existed since the 16th century. The other aspect of the story is the revival of a tradition considered to be lost but revived by people enthusiastic about the pipes, the music and the culture....