Category Archives: History, Tradition & Heritage

History, traditions and heritage. The bagpipes have all of this in spades.

Playing bagpipes for Police Funerals and for Deputy Sherriff Jeremiah MacKay

TweetA lone piper stood outside the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office on February 14, lamenting the death of a fellow piper and deputy sheriff, Jeremiah MacKay.  After years of playing at funerals for fallen police colleagues as the chief piper … Continue reading

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Brightening “a stable all forlorn” with bagpipes and celebration

TweetIn the Christmas song “Mary’s Little Boy Child” written by Jester Hairston (check out this corny but popular disco version by Boney M), the song relates the story of Christ’s birth “in a stable all forlorn”. The song relates that … Continue reading

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A taste of the “old country”: ancient stories, Gaelic & bagpiping

Tweet(Ed. note: The following is a segment of an autobiographical sketch of Joe Peter MacLean, a well known Cape Breton fiddler of the Gaelic tradition. He was born and lives in Cape Breton, immersed in the insulated and uniquely Canadian … Continue reading

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Former mayor Senator Larry Campbell pipes in on Vancouver bagpiper ban

TweetThe masses have spoken. The ban on bagpiping on Vancouver city streets has been lifted after a spirited uproar from bagpipers, piping organizations, the general population and a cabinet minister from Scotland. The bylaw banning the excessive noise of bagpipes, … Continue reading

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Who needs St. Patrick’s Day. There’s an International Bagpipe Day.

TweetNow here’s something I didn’t  know. International Bagpipe Day. It seems this auspicious occasion is celebrated in England at the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum in Morpeth, just south of the Scottish border. I’m sorry to say I missed the international … Continue reading

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The second most photographed man in North America – a bagpiper.

TweetAs I mention just to the right, I like to connect the West coast with the East – sharing stories of bagpipers and events from both coasts.  So here’s a story about a piper from the Maritimes. My home town … Continue reading

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Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Party at Atlantic Trap and Gill

TweetIt’s a bit of an unknown fact out here in Vancouver, that in Newfoundland, St. Patrick’s Day is more than just an opportunity to get together with friends for a few pints after work . In Newfoundland – there is … Continue reading

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Bagpipes for weddings, St. Patricks and Vancouver parties

TweetWith only a few more days to go before St. Patrick’s Day, 2011 is upon us, the countdown clocks in Irish bars, pubs in a box and plastic Paddy bars are working overtime. A few more days and the Irish … Continue reading

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