Archive for April, 2006

PM Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Swiss bagpipe revival.

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Article here about the recent revival of the piva, the Swiss bagpipe. A Swiss-German musician, Urs Klauser, first reconstructed the “lost” instrument in 1980 from images in church frescoes. Ilario Garbani started making his pivas after his discovery of an old chanter in an old house. The piva was played an in common use up [...]

Gate to Glasgow Green

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
gate to glasgow green

112 days…

Imaginary Piping

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

There is a great quote by Franz Liszt:

“Think 10 times, play once.”

Franz Liszt was a virtuouso. A musician who amazed even his peers at the time (Wagner, Shumman) with his musical abilities. So when someone of such prodigious talent utters such a line, take note. It’s the kind of quote that professional musicians will tack [...]

More Tartan Day summation…

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Tartan Day NYC. Flickr photo of the week. ‘Nuff said.

Tartan Day NYC, summed up.

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Scant press coverage of the New York city Tartan Day parade held last week. But, The Village Voice (of all places) recaps the nightlife of post Tartan Day parade festivities, and, well, pretty much sums up the experience for any pipers, drummers, or bands who missed it.


The Legacy Tour

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Philadelphia’s Ulster Scottish Pipe Band is embarking on a “Legacy Tour” in memory of long-time PM Thomas Hall, who sadly passed away last year. Tom Hall devoted much of his life to the Ulster band, to the development of Philly area pipers, and to his music and the Ulster band has put together a worthy [...]

Let them play!

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Seems the the principal at Dunedin High School either cares too much about his schools pipers, or not enough. Florida papers are reporting on Paul Summa’s decision to forbid the Dunedin High School Pipe Band from playing in competition. For shame.

But apparently Floridians are too much of a hazard since folks have been protesting against [...]

Tartan Week

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

This week has been officially dubbed “Tartan Week” in the New York city area. All things Scottish are featured in and about the tri-state area, culminating in the big cattle-call…er, parade on Saturday the 8th. In a burst of inspiration on the part of the organizers of these events, you can catch modern celtic musician/piper [...]