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Forum: Technique & Instrument Today, 03:27 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By pancelticpiper
Ebay says Lawrie, what say you?

To me these look nothing like Lawries.

What say the experts? The projecting mounts are very interesting.
Forum: Beer Tent Yesterday, 04:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,740
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Worlds - filling and test their bags

I know pipers doing a little test of the bag at the line is nothing new.

What I can't recall seeing before is a Pipe Major instructing all of the pipers to do it at the same time, when the band...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-20-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Logistics and Politics of the RSPBA

I looked at the available online numbers quickly and came up with:

RSPBA Scotland branches and RSPBANI taken together: 257 competition bands.

Land area of Scotland and Northern Ireland: 36,350...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Logistics and Politics of the RSPBA

The simple fact is that Scotland and Northern Ireland, taken together, have the greatest concentration of bands (most bands in the smallest area) of anywhere on earth.

Putting the Worlds anywhere...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: A piper's eye

Not only that but it has the classic bead on top of square-shouldered band, a common GHB motif (usually seen at the top of chanters, but also on many drones).
Forum: Beer Tent 08-19-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 858
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Scottish Power - aluminium foil?

Wasn't the high that day 65f?

My Lord! If Mylar is needed for 65f/partly cloudy what should we be doing here, competing in 100f and cloudless skies?
Forum: Beer Tent 08-16-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Head shakers

It's sweet revenge when your pipes are better in tune than the string quartet is!

They fight the same tuning battle we do. Sometimes the violins win, sometimes the pipes do.

I played at an...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-15-2019, 04:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Head shakers

A reason to bring smallpipes to the gig!
Forum: Beer Tent 08-14-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Head shakers

Actually we were discussing Bulgarian music, specifically the Ivo Papasov ensemble, which this eejit Doctor had heard.

But back to head-scratchers, one time I was out playing an a girl comes up...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-14-2019, 03:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Head shakers

The head-shakingest part is when a comment like that comes from somebody with a Doctorate in Music!!

The background is that I used to play in a dance band that played a number of Bulgarian dance...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-14-2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By pancelticpiper
A piper's eye

We pipers see the world differently.

Proof of that, if proof were needed, was what caught my eye while leaving the Doctor's office yesterday, a concrete trash can
Forum: Beer Tent 08-13-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 720
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: World's Livestream for Friday

All I've seen info on is the Saturday BBC stream. It would be great to find out about Friday.

Of course the two-day format, put in place due to the difficulty of accommodating so many G1 bands on...
Forum: Music 08-10-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 598
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Parting Glass, 2nd part

I play it on uilleann pipes, along with our singer, in our band.

It's no mystery how that song goes, it's common enough.

Here's the beginning of "the 2nd part" with my uilleann fingering...
Forum: Music 08-09-2019, 05:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Loch Lomond sheet music

It's in every Scottish tune-book, pretty much.

I'm talking standard music books, not pipe arrangements.

And I'm sure you can instantly find it online.

Now, if you're talking...
Forum: Music Groups 08-05-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 569
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Celtic multi-instrumentalists?

I've been playing Highland pipes, uilleann pipes, and Irish whistle since the 1970s.

For over a decade I've been playing a nice antique set of Scottish Smallpipes.

In the trad trio I've been...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-05-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Shuttle pipes before John Walsh

For sure a Rackett lacks shuttles! And a shuttle drone lacks fingerholes.

But the two are otherwise similar: a number of narrow parallel bores drilled in a fat cylinder of wood, the bores having...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-05-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,892
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Chanter reeds, what makes good, what makes bad?

Here in Southern California Arundo Donax grows wild along seasonal riverbeds.

Uilleann pipe reedmakers have told me they really like the California cane, which they said is more resistant to...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-05-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Pelican 1510 Configuration

There was a detailed discussion a while back here


and there's a link in that discussion to an earlier discussion. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-05-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,532
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Anyone know these pipes, wood? Maker?

Yes the mounts look like cocobolo.

About the pipes themselves, ebony and ABW are easy to tell apart in person, not so easy from photographs. So I would just be guessing.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-05-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,791
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Who makes this reed?

Well Harley I for one am impressed with the sound of that reed.

I have occasionally used a Clanrye plastic reed when I had a gig where my pipes had to be exactly in tune and the weather was...
Forum: Photo and Video Gallery 08-05-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 230
Posted By pancelticpiper
Pipe band contest 1989

Just this week I digitized some slides I took at a Highland Games in 1989.

I'm not sure which Games.

I was evidently up in the stands, and took photos of several bands from the same angle.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-27-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,458
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Piobaireachd


Seems non-intuitive (or at least extra work) to have a devoiced fricative followed by a voiced stop, with no epenthetic vowel between.

For sure devoicing that g produces the k of...
Forum: Music 07-25-2019, 06:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,202
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Irish Funeral

Yes Danny Boy, in A on GHB, starts on Low G# so halfholing yes.

Then soon comes a phrase that goes B Low A Low F#.

And the ending cadence goes Low F# Low G# Low A.

For which 99% of pipes...
Forum: Pipe Bands 07-23-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: What does your band do for fun outside of playing?

Over the years, the best-playing bands I've been involved with haven't had social events. I suppose they figure you go to band events to play music and outside of band time you go about your private...
Forum: Music 07-22-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,202
Posted By pancelticpiper
Re: Irish Funeral

For sure on the Highland pipes, that tune and many others (including Scotland The Brave, I might point out) can't be played with all the correct notes in their correct octave.

It's why I try to...
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