Small Tunes Podcast: “Deirdre’s Lament”

Friday, March 14, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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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Tripping into Parallel Realities Via Bagpipes

Sunday, January 19, 2014
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And why not? As Andy Lechter, in an article from Vice.com, says about bagpipes: “They’re a trance instrument, playing simple, barbaric, repetitive tunes until everyone is in a…

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