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Forum: Beer Tent 03-03-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,239
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Iíve met my threshold and itís 15 degrees

Many moons ago (Pancelticpiper may remember this) the late, lamented Chino Highland games opened on a Saturday in which the temperature may have exceeded 119F. No one could be sure as the official...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-15-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,811
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Sticky Hands

The powder trick certainly does work. But at least for me, it doesn't last long enough and sweats off too soon. The birl grease from the side of the nose works well and is always available. Unless...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-15-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 913
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Pumkin Spice mounts

Excellent idea. For the next month: pumpkin spice. (The other 11 months of the year they will continue to be referred to as cheddar cheese. Extra sharp.)
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,278
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: What happened at McCain's memorial service

I mostly just felt sorry for the guy.

My overall impression -- based on the youtube video played over tablet speakers -- was that he was probably a decent piper who panicked. The pipes seemed to...
Forum: Pipe Bands 05-28-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,827
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Top North American Pipe Bands - update!

San Francisco Irish Piper's webpage states that they are only fielding grades 3 and 5 this year and no grade 2.
Forum: Music 05-07-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,463
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Canadian Schottische?

There's a nice little 4 part march in the Royal Scots book called "Canadian Scottish". Possibly what they're looking for? It's essentially variations on "The Maple Leaf Forever".
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-28-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Wygent Synthe-Drones (Originals) air efficiency

Agreed. Mine needed a little tweaking on arrival but once fully tweaked they haven't needed any further maintenance beyond the usual drying out. I still have them in my old Kintails. He used to...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-21-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,035
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Leading a procession

Agree with everything said so far.

Just one small exception from experience. When the family has chosen the large, mahogany, casket with the brass fittings and 5 of of the 6 pall bearers appear...
Forum: Competition Results 05-27-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 679
Posted By JP Cahill
Costa Mesa CA Games

As announced at massed bands:

3d - Cal Fire
2d - UC Riverside
1st - Blandford and Son

3d - Glendora High School
Forum: Beer Tent 03-25-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,306
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: First ever public gig

The first time actually blowing a bagpipe in public was a drones-only affair. My teacher's band had a gig and needed 6 pipers. When piper #6 called in sick, I was shanghaied into making up the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 03-07-2017, 11:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,909
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: The Pipes & Drums of The London Irish Rifles

Thanks very much for digitizing your whole book -- and for the further research and emendations. This is a wonderful resource. I've already printed out some of the appendices and tucked them in...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-27-2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,636
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Messing with their heads.

My answer is "both".

More than a few years ago the band I was in was playing at a local Irish fair. A woman, quite reasonably puzzled by the band in Scottish highland dress at the Irish fair,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 09-16-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,317
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: The Third Hand

In my experience if any of the holes are taped, there will be a problem with an incomplete seal.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-30-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,923
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Irish Pipe Bands in London

geopat: Thanks for posting this. Very interesting read.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-02-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,078
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Was Kintail the first to being back chalice tops?

My two drone set are Kintails with chalice tops. The date 1983 is inscribed in both of the drones.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-24-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,239
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Taking The Plunge...

Mine are in an old gun case -- hard plastic shell and massive amounts of cushioning foam inside. I looked for a sample of mine on line but a quick search didn't reveal one. (Although I did find you...
Forum: Beer Tent 12-29-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,072
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: X-mess tunes, Arrrrgggghhhh, Not again!

A couple folks have already mentioned "The Holly and the Ivy". I mean the original English version; Steeleye Span recorded it many years ago and I got it off their recording. Especially like it on...
Forum: Pipe Bands 11-03-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,121
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Cheap hat badge source?

Or . . . you could do without altogether.


Of course, they didn't, um, take home the gold, as it were.
Forum: Beer Tent 10-16-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,954
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Instrument of Terrorism

Long before 9/11 I used to keep my pipes in a gun case. It was one of those hard, tan plastic things with thick cushioning on the inside.

The interesting thing - at least to me - about flying...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-04-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,075
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Santa Rosa (?) pic on eBay?

It's the Gleann Mor PB out of the San Fernando Valley, circa late '70s or early '80s.

There was a thread about this picture a few months ago. The relevant page is here: ...
Forum: Music 09-28-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,870
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Tunes on Pipes from WW1 and WW2

"Crossing the Chindwin" is a great 6/8 from the Burma campaign. I don't have my books in front of me at the moment but IIRC it's in the QOH book.


Forum: Music 09-19-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,465
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: What makes a tune difficult?

That is so often exactly the case. I remember my old band used to play three parts of a four-part hornpipe. The P/M dropped the part he found impossible to get right consistently. But in my...
Forum: Music 08-18-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Simple Jig

Klondike's suggestion of "The Piper's Wedding" reminds me that "Paddy Carey" has a similar feel to it and, if anything, may be even a little simpler to play.

You might also try "Off She Goes". ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-15-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,720
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Opinions please on early 90's D Naill pipes

Oh, yeah. Agreed about the Extra-Sharp-Cheddar-Cheese coloured mounts. I want to do something about those myself. Otherwise, first rate pipes.


Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-13-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,720
Posted By JP Cahill
Re: Opinions please on early 90's D Naill pipes

My early '90s Naills are a treasure. The drones have Selbies in them at the moment and give a robust sound. But they're amenable to almost any maker's reeds.

The chanter used to be a bit...
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