Tag: Geordie Syme

Bellows pipers return for annual ‘blow out’

Enthusiasts of Scotland’s other piping tradition – the bellows-blown Lowland one – will gather in the Scottish Borders town of Galashiels on October 30. The 2021 annual conference (the ‘collogue’) of the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) will go ahead in person and will feature three guest speakers: James […]

Bag and bellows from past to present

Bag and bellows from past to present

We can thank the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) for the successful revivial of bellows-blown bagpipes that’s taken place in Scotland in recent years. The Society was founded by a handful of enthusiasts in Glasgow in the early 1980s. At the time, the instrument and the pipe music of […]

Contemporary sketch of 18th century town piper and drummer.

Scotland’s toun pipers played at every civic occasion of note

By Moses Jenkins Today many Scots towns from Milngavie to Montrose have a resident pipe band. In days of antiquity, however, it was not a pipe band which would be affiliated to a town but rather an individual piper known as the ‘toun piper [toun=town|. These pipers had a number […]

Stuart Letford: To the Lords of Convention

Stuart Letford: To the Lords of Convention

By Stuart Letford It was Jack Campin who years ago quipped that the only place you’ll ever see a well-dressed Border piper is on an undertaker’s slab. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) has been the organisation responsible for the revival of […]