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Forum: Beer Tent 10-15-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 952
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: How far will you travel for a gig?

I always try to refer folks who contact me to pipers who are closer, but invariably the person contacting me will tell me that they heard me playing at an event and they want me and are willing to...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-14-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 952
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: How far will you travel

As far as they are willing to pay. Texas is a big state, I've traveled as much as four hours one way.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,591
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

I am a fifth generation Texan, graduate of The University of Texas, as was my father. If you have the Gaelic, then it's orains loisgte.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 10-04-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,591
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: changing attitudes towards Catalin

Burnt Orange. Those must have been faux fans to not know this, every Texas Alum knows this.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beginners, Intermediate, + 09-18-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,039
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: The Most Basic Beginner Topic: The Scale

Anthony Baines was an Englishman (1912 - 1997) who produced a number of music books on different instruments. His book on the GHB was published in 1960 by Oxford Press, and subsequently reprinted...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-14-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Tune search

Och is Duine Truagh Mi can be found in Allan MacDonald's A Cheud Ceud music collection.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Piobaireachd 09-11-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 553
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Lt. Col. DJS Murray in Bagpipe News

The late Lt. Col. Murray set forth his views in an interview with Alan Henderson of Piper's Persuasion, which you can listen to here:

http://www.piperspersuasion.com/davidmurray/

Over the years...
Forum: Piobaireachd 08-18-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,753
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Your first piobaireachd and who taught you it

Jimmy McIntosh taught me my first piobaireachd Struan Robertson's Salute at a weekend workshop in Austin, TX, in October 1983. I was a beginner having started lessons the September a year before,...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 08-13-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Practice Chanter I.D

It looks like a Naill ABW long PC. I've been playing the same since 1983.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 07-16-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,236
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: What is your Willie MacCallum number?

Zero. If Willie McCallum is competing, or even playing casually, my pipe stays in its case. A Good Man Knows His Limitations is my motto, Willie is an outstanding piper far above my level.

As an...
Forum: Music 07-16-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,534
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: "Wrongly" arranged and misprinted tunes

I have been going over The Company's Lament, and noticed that Seumas MacNeill in his Tutor for Piobaireachd has it wrong in the 7th bar of the second part of the 1st Variation. He gives the notes as...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-19-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Pipe Band Tuning

And, they need to learn to do the adjustments themselves.[/QUOTE]

That was my gripe in the lower amateur solo grades when I competed, competitors who always showed up with their instructor to tune...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-15-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,659
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Imitation ivory and UV.

I have two sets, Kintail and Dunbar, with imitation ivory, both played a lot outside, and here in Texas the sun is brutal (when I was a boy there were seldom any out-of-state visitors between Easter...
Forum: Pipe Bands 06-14-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,394
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Pipe Band Tuning

Our band tunes to our pipe sergeant, and as our pipers are very experienced tuning time is very short. At home, I check my chanter periodically with my tuner to make sure I am matching band pitch. ...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 06-14-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,143
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Fagerstrom HG Stinking

I am wondering if the comment about the GHB setting on the Blair chanter was made when the piper used earbuds? My experience was the same when I was using earbuds, the GHB setting on my Blair...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-14-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,350
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Kintail gone or not?

Interesting that Mark Wygent's name came up in this thread, he played a lovely Kintail set, outstanding tone. His drone reeds also went very well with Kintail.

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 06-10-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,350
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Kintail gone or not?

"If any can find a set of older Kintails... under Greig's hand... get them... if you can..."

I'd advise examining them carefully and playing them first! When Greig Sharp turned out a good set, it...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-06-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,123
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral music in North America

Well, he is discussing funeral music! :roflmao:
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-05-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,123
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Funeral music in North America

An excellent treatise, Barry. To add a bit of history, the Synod of Argyll was condemning the Gaelic practice of keening in 1642:

"Because it is a commoun custome in some of the remottest pairts...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-02-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 564
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Macrimmon shall never return author

The tune was originally called Cha Till Mi Tuille - I Will Not Return. Sir Walter Scott renamed and attributed it to Donald Ban MacCrimmon, and published some English verse about it, which was...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 05-07-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: War Office Order 1854

The late David Murray covers the dress of the pipers in the Scottish regiments, both Highland and Lowland, in his seminal work "Music of the Scottish Regiments" published in 1994 and republished in...
Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-05-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,148
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Older MCC2 chanter playing flat?

I too bought an ABW McCallum McC2 chanter shortly after they came out, I understood at the time that it was designed to pitch optimally between 474 - 476 Hz and sure enough with a Macphee reed found...
Forum: Music 04-16-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,795
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Cock O' the North by P.M. D. Smith 1917

What pipe band did D. A. Smith serve as PM?

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Technique & Instrument 04-01-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: 100% Cane Pipe Bag!

You're too young to know, but bad bagpipes were the order of the day back when there was only cane. Cane bags may be a way of bringing this back! :willy:

Cheers -

Wes
Forum: Beer Tent 04-01-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,840
Posted By Texas Gael
Re: Best sounding bagpipes you’ve heard?

Nowadays a lot of folks have good sounding bagpipes due to the widespread use of synthetic drone reeds. Back in the day when there were only cane drone reeds, there were a host of horrid sounding...
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