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Forum: Beer Tent 11-11-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,321
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Listen to this

I think Calum and J.R. have it exactly right.

I recently went through the Ceol Sean collection looking for old strathspeys rarely or uncommonly heard anymore. Took me several weeks, and I...
Forum: Beer Tent 11-04-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,787
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Kilts and proper kilts, Oy vey ist meir....

The attraction, for many of us, has always been the music, first and foremost. It is, indeed, I think an odd comment to wonder "what the attraction is in the first place." If the Victorian...
Forum: Beer Tent 09-27-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,427
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Stories of a broken Pipe Bands Australia

To paraphrase Sayre's Law: All this vicious fighting about [piping] politics is because the stakes are so low.
Forum: Music 09-06-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 571
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Current Obsession w/Kantara to El Arish

Patrick -

Thanks for the reply. You may well be correct. But I'm not completely convinced it's a typo, given that Fergussan wrote it and it is in the Fergussan collection. And the E works.
Forum: Music 09-05-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 571
Posted By Matt Buckley
Current Obsession w/Kantara to El Arish

I am rediscovering Kantara to El Arish. Brilliant, brilliant tune.

I have a question about just one note, but I think it actually makes a difference in the feel of the tune. In the 1939...
Forum: Beer Tent 08-08-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,498
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Who makes this reed?

When I first started competing more than 15 years ago, I used the concert Bb chanter that came with the concert Bb set made by Hamish Moore. I was marked down for having a "dull" "unpleasant" sound...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-29-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Jim -

Thanks for weighing in.

Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 05-28-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By Matt Buckley
Rob Crabtree Smallpipe Question

Interesting discussion going on over at session.org. According to one individual, on Rob's first CD, the small pipe tracks appear to be sounding in Eb, as in an Eb set of pipes. A half-tone higher...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 03-18-2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 311
Posted By Matt Buckley
Cairdeas - Vermont 2019

Just thought I'd give an early shout out regarding the 31st Annual Vermont Bellowspipe School, now known as Cairdeas. Still several spaces left.


Check it out if you...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Piping Books

Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745 - 1945. John G. Gibson

Great, great read. Among other things, it addresses in detail myths like the banning of the pipes.
Forum: Beer Tent 09-04-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,781
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Worst venue of 2018...go!

When I was in the scene, one of my favorite venues was the Manchester NH Indoor Competition. Just piping, no Scottish Cheese.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-31-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,736
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: What happened at McCain's memorial service

"May I make note... that there are none here... or anywhere
else... who are immune to... or who are exempt from... a bad
reed... or bad temp/humidity difficulties... or sudden fidgets...
or just...
Forum: Beer Tent 06-07-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,998
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: What is your favorite tune?

Heroes of St. Valery. A beautiful and grand little-played 4-part retreat. I don't understand why it's not more common.


Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-23-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,388
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

I ordered a medium and an easy. No bands. I'll report back.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-22-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,388
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

Thank folks. I ordered a couple of Shepherd Bb reeds from Pipers Hut yesterday afternoon.

Forum: Technique & Instrument 05-20-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,388
Posted By Matt Buckley
Chanter Reeds for Concert Pitch Bb Chanter

Post band and solo comp. scene, I am reviving my concert pitch Bb chanter. Anyone know of a good source for lower pitch reeds?

Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,857
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Piper at the Billy Graham funeral

I've felt for some time that Eric Rigler, at Reagan's funeral, set the standard for high profile funerals. Flawless piping and comportment. Tasteful, understated kit.
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 01-23-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Walking Away From It!

So, at the risk of asking the obvious, are you keeping a moist sponge in your case? I'm in Vermont, with all the crazy temp. changes, and my chanter reed overall stays fine. I don't touch it. I...
Forum: Beer Tent 01-18-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By Matt Buckley
Source for Piping History Books

I would like to purchase a few books, e.g. Donaldson, Gibson, Cheape, Cannon, etc. for gifts, but I have been unable to find a US vendor that currently stocks such things. Used to be easier in the...
Forum: Beer Tent 10-02-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,447
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: When YOU are the father of the bride....

I come down on the side of hiring professionals to do the job.

Several years ago, I was asked to play Flowers o' the Forest for the memorial service for a friend. About halfway through the tune,...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-20-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Border Pipe Recommendations

I know I'm a broken record on this point, but acquiring a chanter from a particular maker many years ago may or may not be an accurate picture of chanters made earlier, or later, or now by the same...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 09-05-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,408
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipers' Gathering in Litchfield, CT

I would add that bus lines and Amtrak come within 30 minutes of the Cairdeas site. For example, Alasdair White, fiddle instructor a few years ago, came up from NYC on Amtrak. Folks at the school...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-05-2017, 06:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,498
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Pipers at Dunkirk?

Three things come to mind:

David Moore, Hamish's father, was captured at St. Valery. Although he did play the pipes, my understanding is that he was in the medical corps.

And the late singer...
Forum: Uilleann, Northumbrian, Smallpipes + 07-16-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,973
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: A Sad Story

In addition to everything else, it's astonishing that the comments came from a guitar player at the session. Guitar players at sessions are not alpha, or even close to alpha. That role belongs to...
Forum: Forum Related 05-26-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,193
Posted By Matt Buckley
Re: Editing / Changing Name

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