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Ten Reasons to Hire a Vancouver Bagpiper

Tweet   The bagpipes are a versatile instrument that can impact many occasions. For example… Birthday and surprise parties: “Happy birthday” on the bagpipes is a sure-fire way to make your birthday memorable…to you and all your guests. It’s well … Continue reading

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Bagpiping in Vancouver, Bagpiping in Cape Breton

TweetIt was a great week of Celtic music. Lots of piping, fiddling, Gaelic singing and plenty of dancing. The 23rd Celtic Colours International Festival, held from October 12-19 all over Cape Breton Island drew sell-out crowds to all the official … Continue reading

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Gearing up for 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Bagpiping in Vancouver

TweetSt. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver can be one of the busiest weeks of the year for a Scottish bagpiper – and it’s not even a Scottish celebration. As a Nova Scotian Scot, I find it amusing in Vancouver that there … Continue reading

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Piping in the Grey Cup

TweetOk, it’s not the Stanley Cup, but it’s just as old. The Cup is amazing. Dented, beat up and losing a bit of its shine. It’s absolutely perfect. Thanks to the SFU football alumni for inviting me to lead in … Continue reading

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A look back at June 2018

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Wrapping Up 2018 Bagpiping in Vancouver

TweetIt’s been a great 2018. As both the bagpiper for Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours and the chair/executive director of the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival, we have had a very busy year. The Rocky Mountaineer season is wrapping up … Continue reading

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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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