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The Uist & Barra of 1978

The Uist & Barra of 1978

With the 2020 invitational solo piping competition organised by The Glasgow Uist and Barra Association coming up on March 7 at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, we found the following critique from the 1978 competition interesting. Competing that day were many who have become some of our leading judges […]

Understanding the pipe bag

Understanding the pipe bag

This article, first published in the International Piper, discusses the various properties of a skin bag that the piper should be aware of. By Captain John A. MacLellan Climatic conditions often have a greater effect on the general condition of pipe bags than the material of which they are made. […]

The bagadoù of Brittany

The bagadoù of Brittany

By Hugh Cheape We in Scotland might sometimes be criticised for regarding our own piping tradition genre. Participation in the Festival Interceltique in Lorient in Brittany in August enabled three Scottish t bands to experience the vitality, skill, and enthusiasm of a different but related tradition of the bagpipe family […]

Chris Earl: Teaching is essential in a changing world

Chris Earl: Teaching is essential in a changing world

By Chris Earl, President of Pipe Bands Australia Pipe Bands Australia (PBA) this year celebrates its Diamond Jubilee – six decades since six state associations decided to form a federation that would in time transition to the national association we have today. The journey to that momentous meeting in 1960 […]

Donald Lindsay – piping on another planet, part 1

Donald Lindsay – piping on another planet, part 1

Last August, I arrived with my family on Ascension Island. Ascension is a small island, roughly the size of Benbecula, sitting alone in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Its nearest neighbour, St Helena, is about 800 miles away to the south east while the coasts of Brazil and […]

Tone and manufacturing methods

Tone and manufacturing methods

What is going on inside our drones? This interesting article from 1958 touches on that subject as well as on distortion, tone, pitch and sound waves, subjects most pipers don’t understand as fully as they’d like to think. By Bill Jones and James McColl* Before delving into this article too […]

A cracking tune – Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean

A cracking tune – Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean

• From the July 2008 Piping Times. Bruce Thomson, who died on January 13, was an extremely gifted composer of pipe tunes. Robert Mathieson was someone who admired Bruce’s composing skills and indeed became friends with him. Here, we reproduce an article from the Piping Times 12 years ago where […]

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

By David V. Kennedy In the last few years, pipers have recognised that the pitch of the chanter of the Scottish piob mhor has risen to approximately B flat from A natural. Chanter makers seem to have responded to a popular demand to make higher pitched canters – mostly from […]