Category Archives: Music

Bagpiping for summer weddings, parades and competitions in Vancouver

Tweet  “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” The words of Prince Edward Island author Lucy Maud Montgomery rang true this past weekend in British Columbia. While it may not … Continue reading

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Banning bagpipes, bongos, drums and tambourines on Vancouver streets

TweetMy former news colleague Ian Bailey, who I’m sure has an ear for traditional music from his reporting days in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has written an interesting story with the discovery that the City of Vancouver engineering department intends to … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vancouver – bagpipers and dancers.

TweetIt was a bit cool, but the rain held off. And at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Vancouver, the bands, floats, Irish, Highland and even the normally annoying Morris dancers made for a wonderful parade through the downtown. Our … Continue reading

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Cape Breton bagpiping in Port Townsend, Washington

TweetHere`s a nice example of Cape Breton piping in the far west. Barry Shears, a well known piper, judge and bagpipe historian from Nova Scotia, performing outside the `Wandering Angus`store in Port Townsend, Washington State. Barry was teaching at the … Continue reading

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A classic bagpiping “Leatherman” appearance

TweetWho knew Alan Walters had an alter ego: “Leatherman”. Seems he only comes out for Wacky Jigs and Hornpipes night at the Celtfest  in Nanaimo. This performance is from July, 2008 but it’s certainly worth watching.  

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Madonna says ‘bend reality’ and learn bagpipes in six weeks

TweetThe Material Girl may have talent, but does she have any sense? Despite the rants of Elton John’s husband Canadian David Furnish, you have to give Madonna credit for her creativity and energy. But suggesting someone can learn the bagpipes … Continue reading

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New Year’s bagpiping in Vancouver and beyond

TweetI have some fond, and some foggy, memories of bagpiping on New Year’s eve around this big country. My bagpiping career began in Halifax where I first squawked out a semblance of a tune under the tutelage of Pipe Major … Continue reading

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E. Division Pipe Band and Welsh Men’s Choir to lift the roof off Christian Life Assembly

TweetLooking for a great evening of inspiring choral music along with some top notch piping and drumming? The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir and the RCMP E. Division Pipe Band will present an evening concert on October 22 in Langley that … Continue reading

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