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Old 09-12-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Which instrument in Braveheart?

I have wanted to know the answer to this for ages but have been too embarrassed to ask.

What instrument is it that plays the theme tune to Braveheart? I know for a sure fact that it aint the GHB (in fact apart from letting down the drones in the battle scene i don't think there is ANY GHB in the whole film). It's a beautiful instrument whatever it is.
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Old 09-12-2004, 11:52 PM   #2
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its a very nice set of uilleann bagpipes.
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:29 AM   #3
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Later on in this great Scottish classic, someone plays "Pease Strae" on a 'D' set of Scottish smallpipes, I would think.

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Old 09-13-2004, 01:06 AM   #4
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The uilleann pipes are great for that sort of thing - really emotive.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:47 AM   #5
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Default Re: Which instrument in Braveheart?

Thats Eric Riggler of the band "Bad Haggis"
He has been to the Virginia Scottish games many times were I was lucky enough to see him. Infact he is the only person I have every heard play Jimi Hendrix on the Uilleann pipes!

He also plays a beautiful set of SSPs and GHB.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:56 AM   #6
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From what I understand, Mel Gibson thought Uillean Pipes sounded better in Ireland, where this was filmed. That's right, because they were in Ireland at the time, Mel had them put the sound of Uillean Pipes when the Highland Piper was playing, sheesh!

I'm not a fan of that film. It's laden with inaccuracies.
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Old 09-13-2004, 08:32 AM   #7
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Default Re: Which instrument in Braveheart?

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I'm not a fan of that film. It's laden with inaccuracies.
You and my husband both Erracht. He groans with embarrassment everytime it comes on. I like it as a love story and think the battle scenes are terrific. I live within a mile of where William Wallace was actually born (Elderslie) so we're pretty 'genned up' on him here and a lot of people hate the film with a passion........me, i just think it's a good film but not to be taken too seriously for its history. However, the music is fantastic, I think the uilleann pipes produce a beautiful sound. What key are they in? Is it the same fingering as the GHB?
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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I know what you mean, erracht. Although the uilleann pipes do have a fantastic sound, it does irk me that they are used so often on Scottish films and programmes in the place of Scottish pipes. They were even used in the Visit Scotland (Scottish tourist board) programmes.

Still loved the film, though - great entertainment despite the inaccuracies!
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:27 PM   #9
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Cassie:

Uillean pipes are most often in D, called "concert sets", but are also sometimes in C or B, called "flat sets" They generally have a two octave range and a gaggle of extra, closed ended, keyed regulators on which the piper plays accompaniments ( or even countermelodies) with the heel of his hand or wrist.

The Pastoral pipes, from which the uillean pipes werew developed were played in Scotland and England at one time and have made a small comeback as well.
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Old 09-13-2004, 12:34 PM   #10
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I watched the DVD one time with director's comments turned on. Mr Gibson commented about the pipes. If I recall, he mostly just indicated that he really liked the sound of the uilleann pipes. I believe I remember him commenting that the GHB's were pretty loud for what he was trying to achieve.
I remember thinking it was a pretty honest and thoughtful comment about the mood he was trying to create.

Favorite part of the flick is the Irish guy...."It's MY island!"

also...in one of the battle scenes, I thought there was the sound of a piper playing, then a bunch of arrows start coming in, and you can hear him stop playing. Did I imagine that?

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