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Old 07-27-2015, 11:30 AM   #21
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I was playing a memorial service the other day here in south Florida. It was in the lower 80s but had just finished raining. I was playing on a dock overlooking a canal. The humidity was ungodly high. I was in a full getup, kilt, long sleeved shirt, prince charlie & vest, etc. I played for 25 minutes. When I started playing the sweat was just pouring off me. By the 20th minute I knew I was in trouble because I stopped sweating... A massive amount of water later I was fine but the sweat soaked through my undershirt, dress shirt, vest and parts of my coat.

What I'm getting at is it was hot... But just normal, summer piping condition down here!
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:55 AM   #22
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Had a heart attack in Germany in 1995.. owing to the heat whilst touring Germany.
It was a long hard slog.. playing all the way.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:19 PM   #23
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A number of years ago, we played a local, yearly parade. When we stepped off, it was 104F (40C) and 60-some% humidity. 1.5 miles with the sun right smack in front of us. I was still cleaning blacktop off my shoes a week later, the road was so soft.

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Old 07-28-2015, 03:49 PM   #24
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I was playing a memorial service the other day here in south Florida. It was in the lower 80s but had just finished raining. I was playing on a dock overlooking a canal. The humidity was ungodly high. I was in a full getup, kilt, long sleeved shirt, prince charlie & vest, etc.....
That kit is reasonably well suited to conditions here in Scotland (with the frequent addition of a cape). Why on earth would it seem appropriate to wear it in conditions that can lead to dehydration? I'm puzzled.
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Old 07-28-2015, 04:42 PM   #25
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That kit is reasonably well suited to conditions here in Scotland (with the frequent addition of a cape). Why on earth would it seem appropriate to wear it in conditions that can lead to dehydration? I'm puzzled.
I find myself frequently confused by this as well. Tradition is one thing, but even our "traditional" attire for piping is far newer that most think.

I say we either go all out and and wear a brat & leine combo (hey, it worked for a thousand years, relatively unchanged) or just accept that the music is what matters, not the external trappings of the musician, and let the attire fit the climate; what's wrong with playing pipes in a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts?!
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:12 AM   #26
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I find myself frequently confused by this as well. Tradition is one thing, but even our "traditional" attire for piping is far newer that most think.

I say we either go all out and and wear a brat & leine combo (hey, it worked for a thousand years, relatively unchanged) or just accept that the music is what matters, not the external trappings of the musician, and let the attire fit the climate; what's wrong with playing pipes in a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts?!

Greetings to All,

Were I not so much the dolt with technology (really, and alas,
...within the vasty realm of I.T. and computers... I am rather still
like... a monkey with a cello :)... I would have included Gordon's
quote that Chris included in his Post. Please consider this to be
for both.

As to why... "we" do such(?)... on the eastern side of The Great
Pond... please allow me to submit to you the following thoughts...
and with no sleight or offence intended to any.

I have played upon our Great Five-Limbed Devil from Europe to
Polynesia... obviously inclusive of North America... but also of the
Carribean and Central America... and have found these following
impressions about our kit and gear... where ever I have gone... but
especially so in North America.

When we go out to play... we carry with us... and in our wake... many
centuries... and boatloads of... tradition.

And... as well as our playing... our uniformed appearance... as well
as our comportment, mind... are always observed... and in review.

And so... and perhaps in North America... where except for some
localized areas... there may not be many time-honored traditions...
when we arrive... we bring some with us... to be shared... and by all.

And yes!! It is a God-awful... bleedin' hot and bleedin' un-comfortable
and an up-hill slog to get properly kitted... and then to go out... and play!!

But... what we then bring... and especially to funerals... is sometimes
quite beyond... our meager perceptions.

And so... bleedin' hot... or bone-chilling cold... we sally forth... and we
attempt... to offer... to those present... our best.

This is not... a particularly physically comfortable office... that we hold.

But... it is... ours... and it falls to us... uncomfortable kit and all... to bring
our very best... to the engagements to which we are called.

Wishing for everyone... the very Best of Good Weather... and,

Regards to All,

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Old 07-29-2015, 07:28 AM   #27
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...what's wrong with playing pipes in a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts?!
My dream pipe band uniform. I will leave wool-wearing in hot arid and humid tropical climates to the woolly-headed. I am just thankful that the Highland bagpipe was not the traditional instrument of an arctic peoples. I couldn't take on all that caribou fur and seal hide and play pipes.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:06 AM   #28
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Spokane Highland Games this Saturday, August 1st. Temperatures predicting 100 degrees F. I am glad I won't be in the band competition circle during the hottest part of the day. It's not only what we are wearing--woolens, jackets, etc.--but the pipes get sharper and sharper in the heat. If the wind is blowing, it's like playing in a convection oven. Stay hydrated, everyone.

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Old 07-29-2015, 08:23 AM   #29
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I find myself frequently confused by this as well. Tradition is one thing, but even our "traditional" attire for piping is far newer that most think.

I say we either go all out and and wear a brat & leine combo (hey, it worked for a thousand years, relatively unchanged) or just accept that the music is what matters, not the external trappings of the musician, and let the attire fit the climate; what's wrong with playing pipes in a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts?!
I don't have a problem with it, Chris
( Btw, I got the shirt in Ka'anapaali, on Maui. The Photo is from Hilton Head Island,my niece's wedding.)
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:30 AM   #30
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I don't have a problem with it, Chris
( Btw, I got the shirt in Ka'anapaali, on Maui. The Photo is from Hilton Head Island,my niece's wedding.)
Great picture ;-)

How about adopting the middle ground. A white ghillie shirt with kilt would bring some air of tradition without the hugely increased heat risk of jacket and vest on top.

I'm not sure about headgear though. KW's hat is very fetching......
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