The St Ffagans Pibgyrn Dec 2012 in Chanter 2012 Winter

This edition is from our archives, so it is presented as scanned pages rather than text. You may need to scroll to find the article you’re looking for.

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Review: The Pibgorn Tunebook by Keith Lewis Dec 2010 in Chanter 2010 Winter

It is ten years now since I published my own collection of tunes aimed specifically at the Welsh piping community - Y Pibydd, 117 tunes for Welsh pipes - and that is long since out of print, so it is perhaps time for another. Into the breach steps Keith Lewis, Welsh bagpipe and pibgorn player and maker from the Swansea Valley with this collection of 95 Welsh tunes, mostly traditional but a handful by himself and piper Jane Ruel plus some others that have become firmly fixed in the Welsh traditional music scene.

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Bagpipes in Austria - A Story of Diversity Jul 2016 in Chanter 2016 Summer

Austria is known throughout the world mostly for the music of Wolfgang A. Mozart, “Silent Night” and “The Sound of Music” (although I have to reveal at this point that hardly anyone has seen the film here). Little is it known to most bagpipers in the world that Austria, too, has had and continues to have a story of piping, and an interesting one at that. The Austria the world knows today is actually a quite young country and consists of only a small part of what was once the Habsburg Empire (which throughout history was commonly labelled as “Austria”) and thus part of the greater Holy Roman Empire.

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Pibau cyrn – Welsh bagpipe by John Tose. The Pibgorn is a Welsh reed-pipe (a kind of ‘bag-less’ bagpipe, if you will, similar to the Basque alboka), with a long history of use in Wales going back to the Middle Ages. There is a Pibgorn revival at present, and some makers have ‘re-bagged’ the pipe to recreate and revive the equally ancient Welsh Bagpipe. Unique amongst British pipes in having a single reed, Welsh Pibgorn Pipes tend to be in D, have an eight note scale, use open fingering and have a single drone on the shoulder.

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