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Dan Nevans: I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

Dan Nevans: I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me? or The highland pipe and mid-20th century American collegiate basketball Please follow this link to Spotify to enjoy the playlist I have put together for you to enjoy while reading this article. (You will obviously need to have a Spotify […]

CLASP profile: Anthony Kelly

CLASP profile: Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly from Ireland is the latest member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled: • Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m, originally from Dublin but now living in Roscommon ireland with my wife, Nicola, son Gavin and two daughters, […]

The tonal colours of the tune

The tonal colours of the tune

In part 2 of his discussion on drone tuning and harmonics, John Dally uses Scotish smallpipes to explain how pipers can understand drones and the intricacies of tuning. By John Dally Now that we have established that the drones provide a harmonic background, it is easy to understand why different […]

Harmonics and drone tuning

Harmonics and drone tuning

Do your pipes sound alive with rich harmonics or are you content to have your drones simply ‘in tune’? As someone once put it, the drones ARE the instrument; the chanter an add on. In part 1 of this two-part article, John Dally discusses how your drones, in providing a […]

Can you solve this April Fool’s Day riddle?

Can you solve this April Fool’s Day riddle?

Here’s an April Fool’s Day riddle for you all, courtesy of Timothy Cummings of Vermont, USA [pictured]. It’s in the form of a tune. We won’t give you too many clues other than to say it is a sort of musical cryptogram. Can anyone solve the tune title? Contact us […]

CLASP profile: Hector Thomson

CLASP profile: Hector Thomson

Hector Thomson is the latest member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled. • Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I was born in Selkirk on the night of the Common Riding* so I was born with pipe bands ringing in […]

Geordie Syme, town piper of Dalkieth in the mid-18th century, Geordie Syme, the piper of Dalkeith, was allowed, beside a small wage, a suit of clothes: this consisted of a long yellow coat lined with red, red plush breeches, white stockings and shoes with buckles.

LBPS annual competition results

The annual competition held by the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) took place yesterday online. Competitors from all over the world played live via video conference software. Founder member, Gordon Mooney, who adjudicated from his home in Florida, USA, remarked that it had been nearly 40 years since the […]