On Being a Great Bagpiper

Monday, September 22, 2014
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As pipers and drummers, it is easy to get so wrapped up in the “Highland” arts that we forget that the experience of making music is mostly the same for players of any instrument.

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Tripping into Parallel Realities Via Bagpipes

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Letcher as Bosky Man on Bonfire Night

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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Sight Over Sound in Bagpipe Performance

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It’s often said that bagpipe adjudicating can be a very subjective thing. Individual taste and personal opinion are often thought to play a part in a judge’s final…

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Hacking Bagpipe Competitions: Create a Meaningful Experience

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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The first round of the Bagadou championships was held in Brest, Brittany a couple of weeks ago. An amazing event. The contest features the top level bagad ensembles…

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Bagpipe Chain Reactions and Meltdowns

Monday, February 25, 2013

I don’t know why, but the demise of the City of Chicago Pipe Band leaves me feeling extra sad for American bagpiping. Sure, I’ve seen good bands come…

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