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Old 08-11-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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New Abbey Pipe Band c 1931 courtesy Ronnie Waugh on Old Dumfries Facebook page.

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Old 08-11-2018, 03:04 PM   #2
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Seems like the PS didnít read the UOD posting.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:10 PM   #3
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Heatherbelle -


all the ridiculous "tartanism" of the previous century.

why do we care about how we are dressed, when our job is to play MUSIC!
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:07 PM   #4
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why do we care about how we are dressed, when our job is to play MUSIC!
Yes musicians themselves feel that way, but The General Public has expectations of musicians of most kinds.

A rock or metal musician wouldn't probably get a good response if he performed conservatively groomed and dressed, say the sort of dress expected and seen at a posh golf course.

Audiences expect orchestras to wear formal black.

And on it goes.

When someone hires a bagpiper for an event they're hiring more than just the music- if it was that, they could play a CD. They want the show.

Highland pipers aren't the only bagpipers that are (or were) expected to dress the part:

In any case that photo of fedora pipers is awesome! When I've tried to wear a brimmed hat while piping the brim would hit the bass drone, quite annoying. You'd have to have the drones at a steep slope as was popular in the old days.

Then there's this

proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; Son of the Revolution and Civil War; first European settlers on the Guyandotte

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Old 08-29-2018, 09:46 PM   #5
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As Pete Stewart observed in the introduction to his book "Welcome Home My Dearie" - using the earliest extant images of the highland (Piper to the Laird of Grant) and the border pipes (the Thornhill Piper) - there is a strong link between the 'music' and the 'pageantry'.
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