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johnsog 08-09-2019 09:02 AM

Head shakers
Some of us in our band were chatting the other evening waiting for our time to play in a gig and a couple of people mentioned those times when non-pipers say really head shaking things. For instance:

One piper had just gone to the store, all kilted up for the gig, and the young woman at the register lit up and asked if she was going to a German festival.

One piper had played a solo gig for some event. When finished, someone approached her and said, "I just LOVE the harmonica!!"

After we had played for the local Kirkin' O' the Tartans service, one of the choir members asked one of our group where she keeps the batteries.

This may have been covered before and I know has been injected incidentally in other threads as asides, but what are some of your more interesting connections with the non-piping public? I do like to ponder what is happening in people's cognitive circuitry...

piperswan 08-09-2019 11:16 AM

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A few of us went into a gas station for some drinks before a parade. the teller very excitedly asked "where are your tiny bikes!?" we think that maybe she thought we were Shriners where are riding the mopeds in the parade.

Tucker Fleming 08-09-2019 11:23 AM

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My band was walking up to a parade start point when a drunk lying in the gutter said "You gotta stop wearing them dresses and get right with God". We got a kick out of that.

BaggyMcPipes 08-09-2019 12:37 PM

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Not quite the same thing, but one afternoon as I was prepping for a Funeral my 2yr old son walked up behind me, put a hand on my kilt, and said,

"How nice, look good daddy!"

And then whispered, " a princess..."

Aaron Shaw 08-09-2019 04:49 PM

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I was playing in my local pub and a young woman asked the bartender, "How long is that guy gonna be playing that flute?"

Pip01 08-09-2019 04:50 PM

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A hot summer's day parade... and one of the clowns
in the parade... quickly approached us... and said...

"Ya know?! Your mother dresses you funny!" :)

John Bolt 08-11-2019 09:13 AM

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One of the old boys in the band once led his band into one last pub after a hard day and had them sit down while he went for drinks. He then slipped out the back door, it was a funeral home!

classicbagpipes 08-11-2019 09:05 PM

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The DM of the band was driving to a gig and had a flat tire. He was kilted up and went back to the trunk/boot to get the spare out. With his back to traffic, a tow truck pulled up behind him and the driver yelled out "hey lady need any help?

TwitchyFingers 08-12-2019 12:58 AM

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Guy comes up to me in a parade with the band:
"Are there actual songs for the bagpipe, or do you just make it up as you go along?"
Me: "Yeah, we're all so magically psychic that 20 of us can make it up as we go along and be in unison."

Kenton Adler 08-13-2019 10:07 AM

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I was tuning up for competition over in Tulsa one morning some years ago, and was just playing a scale, and a tuning phrase. I was listening to the chanter, and the drones. I stopped, and a woman walked up to me and said, "That's my favorite song. I hear it all the games."

I'll be she does.

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