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Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 06-06-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 930
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: 930
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: 723
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: 904
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: 5,280
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: 723
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: 723
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: 1,163
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: 912
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: 912
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: 912
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: 1,151
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: 1,151
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: 2,201
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: 1,287
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: 5,280
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

...
Forum: Music 12-18-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
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
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 10-19-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,674
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Comparison: Firestone vs. Ceilidh pipes

Mr. Firestone, visiting Scotland from the US, went into a kilt shop and an asked about his clan so he could have a kilt made.

"You're a MacIntyre" the old kiltmaker told him. "Are you sure" he...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-08-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 776
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Aaron Shaw and World Figure Skating Championships

The music used was by a band called The Porridge Men with a piper called Donald MacLeod.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Porridge_Men


I had this clip linked to details of their CD when I...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-06-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,643
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Queen's Piper on hiatus

This article is about Balmoral, so though there are likely pipers in the area, those fitting the normal requirements are likely to be few.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-29-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 894
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Quick march at slow pace?

I have had the reverse experience playing at a funeral. I played at the church in the village where the deceased lived, and then had to play at the crematorium about eight miles away. The coffin was...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 09-22-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,900
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Which pipemaker in these vintage photos?

The second image on the ebay listing says it is R.G.Hardie and is dated 5th February 1992

...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-02-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,690
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Downton Abbey piper part 2

Late follow up the piper is Richard Butler and he is playing Northumbrian smallpipes.


http://www.northumbrianpipes.com/
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-25-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,043
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Questionable Ebay pipes

It may be a Warnock chanter and the seller, not versed in the way pipers assemble sets, assumes that the name on the chanter applies to the whole set.
Forum: Beer Tent 07-31-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,591
Posted By Ian Lawther
Re: Anything on streaming The Worlds?

Nothing on the BBC landing page for the Worlds.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dp4m5

Bob Worrall may be commentating for the BBC Scotland broadcast version.
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