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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-29-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Fagerstrom 7 Keyed NSP electronic chanter

Just looking at the website the d# key is incorrectly placed because it should be on the back of the chanter, not the side.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-07-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Billy Roleston smallpipes

I remember seeing adverts for his "Irish smallpipes" but a can't remember where. Also came across his name online here
http://www.angelfire.com/music3/oregontrailpipeband/pipes.html...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-29-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Scottish smallpipes chanter reed ID

I believe this would be Ann Sessoms of "Heriot and Allan". There is a little information about her and her husband Robbie Greensitt, as background to set of pipes being sold here:-...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 01-29-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 915
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Favor PC reeds?

Best reed ever by George Alexander, Isle of Wight (formerly London) who also pioneered the long practice chanter. This reed has been giving me wonderful service since the mid 1970s.
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Forum: Beer Tent 01-29-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,166
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Stolen smallpipes in Tucson, AZ

I believe the seller stated in the listing that he bought the pipes from a pawn shop. This may be someone who legitimately finds under priced items through pawnshops and estate sales and sells them...
Forum: Do It Yourself (DIY) 12-14-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,562
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Drilling C Nat Hole?

I attempted this once on a border chanter and split it. I would suggest drilling with a hand drill as I found the electric one provided to much power and when the drill bit caught the damage was done...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,646
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Takeaway tips from botched gigs?

Beyond the instrument and tunes advice above, do as much as you can to check out the venue. Years ago I played a Burns Night at the officers mess of a Royal Air Force station. The tables for the...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-19-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,440
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Paid not to play!

In the days when I busked a lot in England I have had this happen twice, once in London and once in Canterbury. Can't remember the amount in London but it was ten pounds in Canterbury. That time it...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-06-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Colin Ross RIP

I had the pleasure of trying the set of Scottish smallpipes Colin is holding in that photograph, Jim. They were turned from an antique elephant tusk, and mounted with silver (real ivory and silver...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-01-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Colin Ross RIP

I grew up listening to Colin playing with The High Level Ranters, and when I wanted to find out where I could get hold of a set of Northumbrian pipes in the early 1970s it was Colin's wife Ray, then...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-15-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

Just an update on the Pipers' Gathering....the Northumbrian instructor will be me, and not Andy May, who will be teaching next year.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-15-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,176
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Smallpipes & Whistle

D whistle playing the octave A to a so you can get G naturals, as well as having you C natural and high b available.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 04-29-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,338
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Famous historical people who played pipes

Someone pointed me at this.....

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/06/william-barrs-secret-passion-the-bagpipes
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-28-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

I don't know how often they get together but there were some Northumbrian pipers meeting in the DC area. I know one was based there and the other in Annapolis. They would link up with others from PA....
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-27-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Northumbrian pipe makers?

To my knowledge there are no regular makers of Northumbrian pipes in the the US. John Liestman used to make them but has not for some years. I believe Seth Hamon has been dabbling but I don't know...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-16-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Notes in Music?

I have also seen discussion of how the top players play ornamentation. The great uilleann piper Seamus Ennis was preparing a tutorial book before he died, which was edited and published after his...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-07-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: adjusting chanter tuning with hemp

I'd say that was a crack repair and that is a heavier twine than hemp. Between that and the reed staple sticking out the top I think it is an auction to steer clear of.....


Ian
Forum: Beer Tent 04-03-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: 6 Drones!

I couldn't either and got to it using vaguely remembered French "grand vache bagpipe"
Forum: Beer Tent 04-01-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: 6 Drones!

Then there's this........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKdGO8OeaZI
Forum: Beer Tent 03-25-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,405
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Busking on Pipes

Is it time for buskers to have a sign with a QR code that will take punter straight to your Paypal donation page?
Forum: Beer Tent 03-24-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,405
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Busking on Pipes

In the past I have done a lot of busking in the UK, Europe and the US. Pipes work well because they cut through traffic noise, but that also works against them as those obliged to work within earshot...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-23-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,770
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: WarMac Pipe Chanters

If someone has access to 1970s Piping Times or the SPBA (no R back then) magazine a look at the adverts might indicate when they were launched.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 02-18-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,644
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: C natural Key or Back hole on chanter which is better?

If you are working with a maker who is prepared to build to your instructions I may have a catch all solution. A piper I knew in Maryland had small hands and Colin Ross made her an A chanter with a...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-29-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,338
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Famous historical people who played pipes

Should it interest anyone here is an article I wrote regarding Ives and Northumbrian pipes for the Northumbrian Pipers Society journal.



Another Burl Ives Photograph
by Ian Lawther

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Forum: Music 12-18-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Origin of 'The Keel Row'?

The Keel Row title is a shortened version of the first line of the chorus " 'O, weel may the keel row". A history of the song is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keel_Row
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