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Old 06-27-2019, 11:03 PM   #11
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Itís shocking when someone famous is competent as part of our little community. It canít hurt our instrument when itís played well on a big stage.

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Old 07-03-2019, 04:29 AM   #12
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the playing seems OK to me, even though his posture is not something I'm used to seeing.
I think his posture is OK (his shoulders and head are straight etc) but the position of the pipes is odd: the bag is very low, not up in the arm-pit.

Suit jackets vary greatly in the shape of the arm-holes. Some are long ovals which don't allow a bag to be pushed up to the normal position, and I'm guessing that's the issue.

My kilt jackets have arm-holes that are more round, allowing the bag to go most of the way up.

BTW uilleann pipers often have the bag very low like that, in contact only with the elbow (uillinn, from which the instrument gets its name).



(It's one of the ways you can spot an uilleann piper who started on GHB: they sometimes keep the bag way up in the armpit, which is decidedly non-uilleann.)

And one sees Highland pipers back in Victorian times with their bag that low, sometimes.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:12 AM   #13
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I knew, but I live and grew up in the DC area. Yes, he's a very good player. He played in the Denny & Dunipace/Scottish and Irish Imports Pipe Band, which later became City of Washington. I believe the band spent time in both grades 1 and 2 while he was a member.

The instrument he played in that performance wasn't his own; it was borrowed from a former bandmate. It's a one-off modern copy of a very old Lawrie bagpipe.
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:53 PM   #14
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Doesn't do much for the integrity of the instrument.

What do you mean?
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:12 PM   #15
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Does anyone know who made his pipes?
Dave, judging from another thread on social media, he is playing a set of Gibson pipes.

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Old 07-09-2019, 10:03 AM   #16
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Dave, judging from another thread on social media, he is playing a set of Gibson pipes.
Good eye. The set was made by Jerry Gibson, but it is not a stock Gibson. It's a copy of a very old Lawrie that was too damaged to repair. Jerry Gibson duplicated its dimensions and transferred the mounts.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:05 PM   #17
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What do you mean?
Agreed!

Probably has to do with his politics, and not the instrument at all!
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:53 AM   #18
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Though an American I have no idea who that guy is, and I couldn't care less.

There are probably very few public figures/celebrities that I would recognize on sight.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:00 AM   #19
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Though an American I have no idea who that guy is, and I couldn't care less.
Ah, to live outside the DC bubble . He's the Attorney General of the US, and thus, the head of the Justice Department. Regardless of your political leanings, he's an important figure around here, as he wields quite a lot of power.
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