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Bagpiping in Vancouver and area on brief hiatus before St. Patrick’s Day

TweetIt’s a dreary time of the year. Across the country, as February exhales it’s frosty breath and unleashes another blanket of snow, the thoughts of blue skies and summer breezes are fleeting and momentary. Victoria, the usually green BC capital … Continue reading

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Bagpiper avoids police breath-test claiming ‘breathing technique’ issue

TweetThe following story comes from the New Zealand Herald. You must hand it to the bands’ “musical director” (do they mean PM?) for his successful ingenuity. A 65-year-old Hastings man has convinced a judge that years of playing the bagpipes … Continue reading

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Baghdad to bagpipes. A Cape Breton hug in the depths of winter

TweetThe opening paragraph reads, “In the coming weeks, Inverness County Welcomes will embrace the family of four that fled Iraq for temporary asylum in Syria.” Read this article. It is a small reminder of the good that you find inside … Continue reading

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“Stentorian caterwauling” – the best slander ever against the bagpipes

TweetI found this gem in a February 5 story in SanDiego.com. The article is written by Christian Hertzog about the local early music society. Hertzog may well have invented the most professorial maligning of the bagpipes ever written. “Listeners anticipating … Continue reading

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Winter bagpiping in Vancouver, White Rock and Surrey

TweetOne of the truly unique aspects of living on the West Coast is the ability to actually play the bagpipes outside for some events during the depths of winter.  Now granted the weather isn’t perfect; this is not southern California, … Continue reading

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Preparing the bagpipes for a Vancouver Christmas and New Year

TweetDecember can be a dreary time of the year. The grey skies over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of BC and the constant cool and damp weather are obviously not conducive to playing bagpipes outside. So, with Christmas approaching, our … Continue reading

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Bagpiping at Vancouver area Remembrance Day ceremonies; remembering my father.

TweetOn Remembrance Day, 2010, I will play my pipes, and remember the most influential veteran of World War II that I have ever known – my late father. Like many men from the small Nova Scotia community where I was … Continue reading

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Back from the Canadian Holy Land

The vacation is over, the sun has set on another Nova Scotia summer pilgrimage. Continue reading

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