Bagpipes, Not Everyone’s Taste – But I Like Them

Bagpipes, that most maligned of instruments, is actually an instrument that is capable of all manner of emotions, ranging happily from deeply melancholic (like a good Scot drunk on a Saturday evening) through happy to totally weird.

To set the mood, here is a very standard sort of pipe playing, to give a measuring point to judge the ones that will follow against.

I am not sure whose funeral this was, but the music is pretty standard pipe music     Not the real Celtic thing thus.

Whilst for most people, the video above more or less typifies the general conception of what bagpipe music is, the reality is very different, as you will hear in the next video, which is a lament, and is deeply thoughtful and introspective.  Rather beautiful in fact I find.

The first time I actually heard the pipes being played was during one of the winter tours of Scotland we used to make with the Little Angle Puppet Theatre, when we were up in the highlands, miles from anywhere, and dimly through the mist we heard the sound of the pipes being played in the fashion of that lament.

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