Archive for July, 2006

Bagpipe photo of the week.

Friday, July 28th, 2006
The Piper Originally uploaded by natural gas.

Extreme busking!

Scottish culture and music lectures.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The Lyon College Scottish Heritage/Arkansas Humanities Council has posted their annual lectures and made them available for downloading and listening.

Hardcore piping addicts can listen to the renowned Angus MacLellan on the history of pipe bands and the life and works of Donald MacLeod. Those of a more cultural bent can listen to discussions on the [...]

Summer Voice is coming!

Monday, July 24th, 2006

The Summer issue of The Voice (now officially the only print publication of its kind in North America) is on its way to pipers and drummers across the globe. Highlights of the latest issue can be downloaded at right.

In this issue:

A conversation with Dixie Ingram, ex-Scots Guards, about military piping and judging pipe bands.

A look [...]

Keep the bagpipes in the box, soldier.

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Sometimes the worst place to play bagpipes is in Scotland. Well, it’s finally happened. Scotland found an official way to stop the bloody instrument altogether. Now, the regimental pipers of those exhalted units that have become figures of piping lore not only have to suffer the indignity of losing their identity, but the powers that [...]

Rules for bagpipes.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Do you follow a personal set of rules? A “code of conduct” that gets you through your various pursuits? Whether or not you’ve thought about it specifically, you probably could come up with a few simple statements that reflect your personal approach to living. These rules probably carry you through your bagpiping endeavors too, you’re [...]

An open letter to the bad bagpipe. Or, “Why you stink.”

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Dear piper,

You have been playing a short while and you’ve finally made the jump to play in public or play in solo competitions. Your fingering is progressing nicely. Congratulations. While I’m glad that you’re working hard on your piping, and you’re out there on the boards, waking up bright and early to get to the [...]