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Forum: Beer Tent 06-24-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,014
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Proper head gear?

If your goal is to get paying customers, then I would suggest wearing head gear. Sadly, a significant proportion of people who want to hire a piper are more interested in "the look" than they are...
Forum: Music 06-17-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Canadian "Provincial " Tunes

How could I have forgotten I's the Bye! Also We'll Rant and We'll Roar, and Kelligrew's Soiree.
Forum: Music 06-17-2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 809
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Canadian "Provincial " Tunes

This made me think a bit: I'm from Cape Breton, and there are heaps of "local" songs that every good Caper recognizes and can sing along to with pride. Farewell to Nova Scotia, Barrett's Privateers,...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-05-2020, 01:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,067
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Durable Smallpipes

Given your budget, definitely the Walsh smallpipes in A. They have a very good sound for the price, and will be both compact enough and robust enough for travelling with them.
Forum: Beer Tent 03-23-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,380
Posted By Helvetica
Re: The reverse hands challenge

This is hilarious. As soon as I saw this I ran to get my chanter, holy cromoly it's impossible! Until today I never noticed that my top and bottom fingers don't rest in the same relative place on the...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-15-2020, 05:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,526
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Parade cancellations

It seems as though most of the posters on this thread are from North America. All I can say is "hooray" so many people/organizations are pro-actively banning large gatherings, and to everyone PLEASE...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-04-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 703
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Social anxiety and pipe band

Hi Piping Potential,


I am really sorry to hear about the anxiety your band situation is causing you. I don't doubt that the nervousness you feel is made worse by the fact that you are the new...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-30-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 822
Posted By Helvetica
The latest in Italian/Scottish cuisine: Highlander Crisps, Crunchy and Brave!

A bizarre sighting at an Italian petrol station: Highland-themed crisps, complete with pictograms of kilted strongmen.

The flavours are:

Black Pepper Forever!
Tomato or Nothing!
Fight for...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-22-2017, 12:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By Helvetica
New definition of the word plaid?

Here in non-anglophoneland English words are routinely misappropriated. I quite enjoyed this one I spotted in a local department store over the weekend: here "plaid" apparently refers to any large...
Forum: Side / Snare 11-02-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,699
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Harness for a bad back

Our DS has bad sciatic problems and just loves this harness, it basically means he can parade with us again. I think it looks a lot more tidy as well, as frontal harnesses crush and hide the costume.
Forum: Soda Shoppe 08-15-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,303
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Waste of time?

This is an embarrassing thing to admit, but I go through long periods when I neglect my pipes horrendously and they still play really well afterwards. (For reference, MacLellan cocobolo with a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,718
Posted By Helvetica
Re: So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

Thanks for the kind words. :thumb:



A good thing to keep in mind. Thanks for the tip!



Or worse. It's a man in #1 dress with a nicotine-stained mustache sporting an array of military...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 08-15-2016, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,760
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Starting a Small Pipe Session

Not directly SSP-related, but where I live the Irish music players have a dedicated "slow session" for enthusiastic but perhaps not overly experienced players. It's in a centrally located pub once a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 06:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,718
Posted By Helvetica
Re: So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

And if anyone wants to ague that standard piper's dress isn't a male thing it is. I've never in my life seen a woman voluntarily wear a kilt/waistcoat/jacket/tie/hose outfit outside of playing in a...
Forum: Ladies' Room 08-15-2016, 06:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,718
Posted By Helvetica
So. Totally. Done. With wearing a kilt.

I played at a wedding on Saturday, and since I live on the continent and it's August it meant it was about a gazillion degrees in the sun. I hate wearing a kilt outfit with a capital HATE even on the...
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 07-28-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,628
Posted By Helvetica
Re: College of Piping - Summer Session

I agree that the new transport museum is fantastic for all ages, even bored teenagers. My better half and I both loved it, and we're 30/40 something with no children. The kids there looked as though...
Forum: Music 06-13-2016, 01:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,438
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Prophecy by Bruce MacPhee (ex Slainte Mhath)

I did a quick google search and couldn't find anyone definitely recognizable as Bruce, but I did turn up Ryan's website. http://ryanonthepiano.com/ Maybe you could try contacting him? He might be...
Forum: Music 04-16-2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,157
Posted By Helvetica
Re: A Tune to go With Marie's Wedding

I think of the difference as being similar to describing someone as ginger versus red. Red is how we might describe the colour of someone's hair, but the person is either ginger or red-headed, not...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-08-2016, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,052
Posted By Helvetica
Re: When you're not piping a funeral...

Even worse, I am a member of the lycra-clad cycling crowd and once had the experience of meeting a cycling friend in a non bike-related context only to be told that they didn't recognize me with...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-08-2016, 02:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,053
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Help please!!! Must resurrect a dry border pipe chanter reed in 24 hours or less.

Hey all!

Thanks so much for your advice. In the end things went quite well. I initially tried el gaitero's suggestion of dunking the reed in clean water for short periods, but found that (a) the...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 04-01-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,053
Posted By Helvetica
Help please!!! Must resurrect a dry border pipe chanter reed in 24 hours or less....

So I am pretty much in panic mode right now, but I'm hoping the knowledge and good will of BDF members can get me through this.

I've had the honour of being asked to play my border pipes tomorrow...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-04-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,112
Posted By Helvetica
Re: 4/4 marches

Erm.... has no one yet mentioned Scotland the Brave?

Anyway, that dude is full of shite. "The beat is wrong"? Give me a break: 4/4s are possibly the most marchable tunes we have in our repertoire....
Forum: Beer Tent 02-03-2016, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,139
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Live in Glasgow Concert

That was indeed a highly enjoyable concert. One of my personal highlights was the Ian K. MacDonald solo, it was just superb. And of course the Clumsy Lover set was amazing, I listened to that track...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-25-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,756
Posted By Helvetica
Re: Attending a Burns Event, Canadian Style...

Considering I now live across the pond where eh isn't a part of the vocabulary (or even the language) and the chances of seeing someone on skates wearing a kilt are slim to none... been waiting a...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-25-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,756
Posted By Helvetica
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