Back in March we had a fantastic weekend of Sardinian Launedas music, Irish piping and English pipes. Roberto Tangianu is a young virtuosic launedas player from Sardinia. He was taught the launedas by his grandfather and has been playing since he was a young boy. Over the weekend he gave various masterclasses and talks about the history and social uses of the launedas. It seems there are many types (he brought a case of them).Read more »
There are plenty of reasons to visit Mallorca in March – the gentle breezes from the Mediterranean, the traditional welcome of Mallorcan people, the arrival of the swallows two months before they arrive in northern Europe. The arrival of bagpipers from around the world was yet another; when the International Bagpipe Conference was held, outside the UK for the first time, in Palma, Mallorca, over the weekend of International Bagpipe Day.Read more »
Images to follow Master piper, ace teacher and Bagpipe Society committee member, David Faulkner, has volunteered to run a monthly Zoom session for pipers on the first Monday of the month leading up to the 2021 Blowout. They will be held for an hour between 7.30 and 8.30pm (GMT). Here’s what he has to say about them: The idea is for us to get together via Zoom once a month and share some enthusiasm, repertoire, questions and learning.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 »
Bonny Cumberland - Music from the manuscripts of fiddlers in the Lake DistrictC.1750-1880 compiled by John Offord Cumberland is a historic county of North West England. Cumberland and the neighbouring Westmorland contained the area known as the Lake District. The position of this area and its proximity to Northumberland and the Scottish borders just tells me that a music of book from around there means there are going to be pipe tunes hidden in it.Read more »
David Faulkner I was prompted to write this when one of my recent students talked to me about how hard it was to find a teacher. At the moment I am teaching a few pipers regularly on zoom. All that is needed is a device that has a camera, mic, sound and a screen. For instance, a computer, laptop, large phone etc. The mic can be internal or plugged in.Read more »
Dave ran a workshop at the Blowout and he has very kindly provided the music here for those unable to attend. Irish Trot Also known as Butcher Row or A Pibroch. Versions can be found in McFarlane, Walsh, Atkinson, Wynders, William Clarke and Aird’s Airs. Here is a selection of variations. Strain 6 is adapted and 7 is by David Faulkner. Some versions give up to 29 strains (R Cannon).Read more »
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