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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Jack Ashore”

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    In this episode we travel to Victorian England and get a taste of life on the docks of London with “Jack Ashore,” a tune composed by Harry B. Murray in 1909. The term “Jack ashore” was a common reference to a sailor or sailors, or a Jack Tar, who had come into port with the carousing and antics one would expect after being at sea for many months. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “He’s O’e...

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    We open this episode with an old joke that slags bagpipers but is connected to the very old melody “Over the Hills and Far Away.” Listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Deirdre’s Lament”

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    St. Patrick’s Day is but a few days away, so why not bring out a little something from the emerald isle. This episode’s tune is a very old…

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “The Favorite Dram”

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    This episode’s tune is a slip jig that honors the long-lived tradition of heavy drinking. “The Favorite Dram” is a simply named tune that falls in among many with references to whiskey in the title. Listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Jack Has Got a Wife”

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    A rather old slip jig from a rather old manuscript collection. Download the tune and listen to the podcast from some history and background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Ballindalloch’s Dream”

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    An old melody culled from the ample 1757 collection of Robert Bremner. Listen to the podcast for more information and a rendition on the bagpipe.

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “The Death of the Wren”

    Friday, December 20, 2013

    This episode’s tune is a little something for the upcoming holiday season: “The Death of the Wren.” This small, driving reel is not unlike many of the idiom,…

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “One of the Irish Pio...

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    In this episode, we dive back into the Campbell Canntaireachd for a tune that suggests a stronger piping link between Ireland and Scotland than we typically consider. Listen to the podcast for more history and a rendition on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Jack Ashore”

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In this episode we travel to Victorian England and get a taste of life on the docks of London with “Jack Ashore,” a tune composed by Harry B. Murray in 1909. The term “Jack ashore” was a common reference to a sailor or sailors, or a Jack Tar, who had come into port with the carousing and antics one would expect after being at sea for many months. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “He’s O’er the Hills That I Love Well”

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We open this episode with an old joke that slags bagpipers but is connected to the very old melody “Over the Hills and Far Away.” This tune has circulated through the British Isles and through every possible musical idiom for the last 300 years plus. Today, I bring you that old melody as it comes by way of the north of Scotland as “He’s O’er the Hills that I Love Well.” Download the set score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Pipehacker Project: The Reed-Hack Survival Pack

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Highland bagpipers need to be versed in all the skills to sound their best. In the true Pipehacker tradition, here is a sporran-sized, exquisitely portable survival kit for reedsmithing and manipulation. Make your own pipe-hacked, miniaturized versions of the tools you need for reed-hacking while practicing or fine tuning before performance time.

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Top Pipehacker Project in 2013: The Piper’s Perfect Pressure Gauge

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The bagpiping world seems to be divided up into two groups: 1) The denizens of bagpipe internet forums who are sure manometers, i.e., tubes filled with water, will…

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Pipehacker Project: The Black Strap Water Trap

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Moisture to the bagpiper is like DDT to the mosquito. A build up of too much moisture in your instrument means certain death of your reeds and nothing…

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Pipehacker Project: Recording Your Professional Personal Piping Performances

Friday, June 29, 2012

You’re serious about your bagpiping, right? Of course you are. You take all the necessary steps to treat your instrument with care and acquire all the skills and…

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Pipehacker Project: The Piper’s Perfect Pressure Gauge

Friday, February 3, 2012

The bagpiping world seems to be divided up into two groups: 1) The denizens of bagpipe internet forums who are sure manometers, i.e., tubes filled with water, will…

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Pipehacker Project: Waxing Hemp-ish

Friday, November 4, 2011

Having well hemped joints on your bagpipe is a critical part of a well set-up and efficient instrument. The hemp used should use a good amount of black…

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Pipehacker Project: Rebuild and Resurrect a Practice Chanter Reed

Friday, June 24, 2011

Never chuck a good reed. Wait. Did I say that already once before? Well, it’s true, and if you’ve been at this bagpipes thing for any length of…

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The Salvaged Wood Smallpipe

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fellow bagpipe addict and pipehacker-in-training Johnny L. stopped by for a visit recently and he is the first recipient of the “Pipehacker DIYB award.” OK, I made that…

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