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Old 12-25-2018, 10:56 AM   #11
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Don’t know who Bon Scott is/was...but did note Glen and Phil played at least as well as Rowdy Roddy.... ��
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Old 12-25-2018, 11:20 AM   #12
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Don’t know who Bon Scott is/was...but did note Glen and Phil played at least as well as Rowdy Roddy.... ��
Original lead vocalist for AC/DC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Scott
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Old 12-25-2018, 12:13 PM   #13
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Rumor has it that those two tall geeks, the Property Brothers, play. How well is a question.

Whether or not they're 'famous' is also still in question.
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Old 12-25-2018, 12:45 PM   #14
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King Edward VIII/the Duke of Windsor played the pipes.


Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have learned to play the pipes while he was in Scotland during the '45 rising. This could easily be part of the romantic myth surrounding him; however, there may be a kernel of truth in the claim as there are two sets of bagpipes preserved in Scotland that are attributed to Bonnie Prince Charlie and both of them are of th "Musette de Cour" type. That is, both are a kind of Baroque French shuttle pipe, which would not be implausible as an instrument played by someone like Bonnie Prince Charlie - an aristocrat who grew up on the Continent.
It is indeed possible that Charles got some basic tuition in musette de cour-playing, a very fashionable instrument in aristocratic circles in France at the time. I seriousy doubt, however, that he ever tried a mouth-blown pipe such as a GHB since this was considered vulgar, as far as I know.
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Old 12-25-2018, 02:24 PM   #15
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It is true that there are several musettes in Scottish museums claimed to have 'belonged to' Prince Charles Stewart , one if I remember correctly is in the museum at Fort William. Although it is possible that if he did play a bagpipe he may have owned one of them, there is a more plausible explanation for which some firm evidence exists.

The Earldom of Perth had been forfieted by the Drummond family for their part in the 1715 rising. The Countess had fled to France with her two sons where they were brought up and educated at Douay. James the elder of the two then returned to Scotland and assumed the estate as the titular 'Lord Drummond', although the title while recognised locally was not officially recognised by the UK government.

Both James and his younger brother Lord John, who had remained in France following a military career there until returning to Scotland in 1745, were on the Jacobite side. This resulted in the Drummond Estates being forfieted again and according to the Forfieted Estate papers there was a French Piper called Patrick Rogard holding a tack there. From the date of the document he submitted to the Forfieted Estate Judicial Rental he had been there a few years before the 45' so had probably brought from France with the elder of the two brothers 'Lord' James.

Patrick Rogard who took no part in the rising was most likely to have played the musette. He disappears after a few more years so may have died in Scotland.

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Old 12-26-2018, 06:15 AM   #16
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Always enjoy your historical pieces Keith
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:21 PM   #17
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Glen Campbell, Bon Scott, and Phil Collins.

If you're counting famous musicians, who are primarily known for other types of music.

Also, he's from literature and not real history, but I love to point out that the Miller from the Canterbury Tales played the bagpipes.

Curious to see what others turn up.
Since we’re doing the pop culture links, don’t forget Robert Hunter, lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Also US Attorney General nominee Bob Barr.
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:48 AM   #18
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Actor Fred MacMurray played the pipes. Had his start as a saxophonist before getting into acting. But he did indeed play the pipes for fun.
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:23 AM   #19
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Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal, Sophie's Choice, Ghostbusters 2, etc.) is a rather good player.
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Burl Ives played Northumbrian bagpipes.
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