Category Archives: Pipes, kilts & supplies

The End of an Era at Vancouver’s Bagpipe Repair Shop

TweetWe all knew it was coming, and now it’s official. After a long career as Vancouver’s go-to bagpipe doctor, Mike McDonald is retiring. In a letter to customers, he says he is going to  “try to take advantage of the … Continue reading

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First ivory restrictions on bagpipes. Now African blackwood.

TweetThere’s a good reason forward-thinking countries have banned or tightly control the over-the-border movement of products that contain ivory, such as bagpipes. A proper certificate for an ivory/silver set of pipes is a hassle, but worth it if it slows … Continue reading

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A #Vancouver Bagpiper in the November Rain

TweetIt may appear meditative, or a bit reflective, but a bagpiper playing under the grey, overcast skies of November in Vancouver is likely thinking about the weather. The warm days of spring, summer and early fall are behind us. Now it’s time … Continue reading

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BC Pipers on the Great Wall of China

TweetIt was an amazing trip full of music, dancing, friendships, an engagement, a loss and a lot of memories. From September 26 to October 3, 2016, almost 30 RCMP pipers, drummers, dancers and their spouses from BC, Edmonton and Regina … Continue reading

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Bagpiping at weddings in Vancouver and beyond

TweetHave you thought about walking down the aisle to the skirl of the great highland bagpipes? If so, you are not alone. In the past year, there has been a resurgence of brides and couples inquiring about adding cultural and musical … Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year at 4 & Midnight

TweetIt can be a lot of fun piping in a new year in British Columbia, especially at 4 o’clock on New Year’s Eve. When the clock chimes 4 pm in BC, it’s rings midnight in Scotland. And when Scotland celebrates, so too do folks … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day bagpipes in Vancouver

TweetOn Remembrance Day, 2015, the people of our country will pause to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. As I have for many years, I will play the piper’s Remembrance Day lament at a number of ceremonies, including … Continue reading

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Why you should never play pipes in public until you are ready.

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