Archive for the 'General' Category

Highland Bagpipes Resurgent in the US?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

ABC News has a short piece and video on the “resurgence” of Highland bagpipes.

It’s the typical piece where the journalist expresses shock and amazement when confronted with the notion that Highland bagpipes are anything but a novelty. Good focus on the Army school of piping and the Dragoon Guards, who just secured a $2 million [...]

Winter Issue of The Voice!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The Winter issue of The Voice is due to hit the international mails. Highlights of this issue:

• “Speaking the Same Language” Giving tenor drummers a universal language.

• “Blackwood Down, Part II” Further explorations into the wood that drives the art of Highland bagpiping.

• “Workshop: The Happy Piper and Drummer” Make 2008 the year you are [...]

Improve your bagpiping by improving yourself.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Over at Hack Yourself, there is a list of solid tips to help you improve yourself. As the new year approaches, it is a good place to start. My favorite:

Stop assigning blame. This is the first step. Stop assigning blame and leave the past behind you.

Improving as a bagpiper, drummer, or pipe band begins with [...]

Merry Midwinter!

Thursday, December 20th, 2007
all hail the sun god Originally uploaded by peppermint.patty

And a Happy Yuletide to all from The Voice.

Pipe in the Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

For those wishing to dig deep and touch their druid heritage, the Heritage Ireland website will be streaming a live webcast of the Winter Solstice celebrations at Newgrange. The 5,000-year-old tomb in Co. Meath is the mythical birthplace of Cúchulainn and is one of many fairy mounds where the Tuatha Dé Dannan lived. Perfect! No [...]

Copyright and Copyfraud

Friday, December 14th, 2007

The Social Science Research Network has a paper by Jason Mazzone of Brooklyn Law School on copyright fraud, or “copyfraud.” Sounds like an interesting read for anyone interested in the topic. From the abstract:

Copyfraud is everywhere. False copyright notices appear on modern reprints of Shakespeare’s plays, Beethoven’s piano scores, greeting card versions of Monet’s Water [...]

Plant a tree for bagpipes.

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

A Christmas gift for the pipers in your life. For a bit more than $85, you can plant 60 mpingo (African blackwood) saplings for the future good of Highland bagpipers (and, one assumes, luxury phone users and builders looking for unique flooring and toilet seats).

Good Gifts, a website providing value-based holiday gifts, is extending the [...]

Bagpipe Photo of the Week

Monday, December 3rd, 2007
Clan Clause Originally uploaded by Eye Captain

And so begins the season…

Bagpipe Comix!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

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Bagpipe photo of the week!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
Òran Mór Originally uploaded by mr lynch

More murals like this please.