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JeremyKingsbury 10-21-2020 11:30 AM

Samhain Bagpipes?
 
I just realized I'll be releasing a podcast on October 31st, and wondering if anyone knows any Halloween or Samhain bagpipe traditions or history?
I think I might just look at a bunch of tunes with Faeiries in the title, and I just ordered John Gregorson Campbell's books, so I'll see where that takes me, but if people know of anything concrete and historical I'd love to hear about it!

Adam Sanderson 10-22-2020 03:28 AM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
Tam o' Shanter by Burns was often read at Hallowe'en when I was at school in Aberdeenshire. It features Auld Nick piping at the witches coven, but I'd lay odds they'd be bellows pipes.

Nowadays Tam o' Shanter seems to be the only poem that gets recited at Burns Suppers at the end of January. There's many poems suitable for Burns night, and I feel a wee bit wistful that Tam has been robbed of it's Hallowe'en specialness.

Klondike Waldo 10-22-2020 07:41 AM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
I've played for a fair number of Burns' Nights here in the Boston States and have yet to hear anyone recite "Tam O' Shanter".

Address to the Haggis is de rigeur, of course, and usually "Tae a Mouse", and a handful of others.

Pip01 10-22-2020 11:24 AM

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Aye!!... and... "A Man's A Man For A' That."
(Damned fine tune... as well !! :)

But back to... The Original...

There should be... a passel o' tunes and songs...
for... "Things That Go Bump!!... In the Night!!"






Neil Clark 10-23-2020 05:04 AM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU3bsvt1kIc

Any use to you? Perservere, the tune... on C Smallpipes, comes in eventually

JeremyKingsbury 10-23-2020 06:49 PM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
Thanks for the Tam O' Shanter discussion,

and Neil thanks for exposing me to Violet Jacobs! I was ignorant of her work. Lovely pipes, singing and performance!

JeremyKingsbury 10-23-2020 09:31 PM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Adam Sanderson (Post 1348919)
It features Auld Nick piping at the witches coven, but I'd lay odds they'd be bellows pipes.


Didn't notice this till second read through haha. No doubt, I'm sure the gentleman's breath would play havoc on the reeds and spittle would spring leaks in the bag!

Adam Sanderson 10-24-2020 06:30 AM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeremyKingsbury (Post 1348957)
Didn't notice this till second read through haha. No doubt, I'm sure the gentleman's breath would play havoc on the reeds and spittle would spring leaks in the bag!

I was just thinking that Tam o' Shanter is set in Ayr, well into the lowlands and far from the Highlands. The poem was also written in the last quarter of the 1700's, and we have an unambiguous image of Auld Nick playing a set of bellows driven pipes from that time.

https://iiif.wellcomecollection.org/.../0/default.jpg

JeremyKingsbury 10-24-2020 06:23 PM

Re: Samhain Bagpipes?
 
Adam, that image is awesome!

Gonna have to poke around pretty deep to see just what this Political cartoon is suggesting about the Scottish influence on the American Revolution, but I think I'll use a close up of the image as the Cover art for the episode anyway. Thanks!
Jeremy

JeremyKingsbury 10-24-2020 06:27 PM

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https://media.britishmuseum.org/medi...061174_001.jpg


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