Bagpipe Society News

2022

Blowout 2022

2021-12-03

Blowout 2022 will be held on the weekend of June 3rd to 5th. Polesworth Priory and Memorial Hall - virus permitting. Full details will be available late February

Hoping to see you there.

International Bagpipe Day 2022

2021-12-03 International Bagpipe Day 10th March - get out and celebrate!

International Bagpipe Conference

2021-12-03 Newcastle University, 11th to 13th March Full details : www.internationalbagpipeorganisation.com

2021

Chanter Winter 2021

2021-12-01

The Winter 2021 edition of Chanter has been published.

Chanter Autumn 2021

2021-09-01

The Autumn 2021 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Summer 2021

2021-06-01

The Summer 2021 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Spring 2021

2021-03-01

The Spring 2021 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

2020

Chanter Winter 2020

2020-12-01

The Winter 2020 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Autumn 2020

2020-09-01

The Autumn 2020 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Summer 2020

2020-06-01

The Summer 2020 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Spring 2020

2020-03-01

The Spring 2020 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Blowout 2020 - CANCELLED

2020-03-17

Dear All

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly come to the decision to cancel this year’s Blowout.

All tickets bought will be refunded in full as quickly as possible, but please be patient, as we are a small organisation and this may take a little time.

Let’s look forward to making up for this next year at Blowout 2021 (4/6 June) 😀

Stay healthy!

Ian

2019

Chanter Winter 2019

2019-09-12

The Winter 2019 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Autumn 2019

2019-09-01

The Autumn 2019 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Summer 2019

2019-06-01

The Summer 2019 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Spring 2019

2019-03-02

The Spring 2019 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Blowout 2019

2019-03-03

31 May to 2 June 2019 Blowout Bagpipe Festival, Polesworth, Warks. (UK). Click here for more info!.

Chanter Winter 2018

2019-03-01

The Winter 2018 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

2018

Chanter Autumn 2018

2018-09-01

The Autumn 2018 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Chanter Summer 2018

2018-06-01

The Summer 2018 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it.

Blowout 2018

2018-02-01

1 to 3 June 2018 Blowout Bagpipe Festival, Polesworth, Warks. (UK). Click here for more info!.

2017

Blowout Tickets Available

2017-01-16

Tickets now available for the 2017 Blowout! Book your ticket for the 2017 Blowout now!

2016

Chanter Winter 2016

2016-12-07

The Winter 2016 edition of Chanter has been published. It’s the second edition to be published through the new website, and members can read it online. Read all about it.

‘Bagpipe Lung’ in British Medical Journal

2016-08-24

The British Medical Journal published Bagpipe lung; a new type of interstitial lung disease? in Thorax.

Ian Clabburn, chairman of The Bagpipe Society responds:

There is a medical journal article circulating about a lung ailment called bagpipe lung, which is postulated as being related to sensitivity to microbes within the bag. It appears to rest on only one known patient. To date we have received two press enquiries and here is our chairman’s response. If anyone has more to add, please add a comment asap.

“This type of story - infections from bagpipe bags - comes up from time to time, but this is the first report I have come across that identifies potential culprits.

Here are my thoughts on the situation, although it must be emphasised that The Bagpipe Society does not claim great expertise in this area:

There are huge numbers of highland pipers in the world, many in organisations such as the military, which may have noticed a correlated trend in lung disease over the last 150 years. I am not aware of any such being recorded.

The blowpipe is fitted with a non return valve, which although not perfect, should minimise back infection.

Bagpipe bags are usually leather and therefore porous. This lets moisture out, so the bag will dry unless it is stored badly. Some modern bags are made of goretex and contain a moisture trap which is removed and emptied/dried after use, which helps further.

Most modern bagpipes are also treated with a seasoning which makes the bag airtight but also often contains an antifungal agent.

I would expect the same basic hygiene rules to be applied to all wind instruments and as such, bagpipes are probably no different in infection risk.

That being said, many of our members prefer bellows blown pipes - more hygienic, lower maintenance and possibly less physically demanding!

You can also listen to Ian Clabburn’s interview on Talk Radio.

We were also quoted in an article in the Telegraph.

Chanter Autumn 2016

2016-08-24

The Autumn 2016 edition of Chanter has been published. It’s the first edition to be published through the new website, and members can read it online. Read all about it.

New website

2016-08-24

The new Bagpipe Society website has been launched! You can read all about it in the article published in the latest edition of Chanter.

Blowout 2016

2016-06-05

Blowout 2016 was a great success. Next year will be number 25!

We have a great video of Blowout 2016. See our Blowout page. Also, more videos of the concert are being regularly posted. See our Facebook page for links

We are settling into our new website, including making available articles from our thirty year history. If you spot something inaccurate, garbled or missing, or if you want to volunteer to help us improve our site, please mail info@bagpipesociety.

Website by Joe Wass, managed by Ian Clabburn.

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