minstrel: bagpipe music, piobreachtan

nickolas kaugon ollaimh at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 2 11:59:02 PDT 2008

you know the skeen manuscripot contains some bagpipe tunes, in his notes john skene says he collected from pipers whistle players and firrlers, and then he transposed them to the mandore which he played. you would have to transpose them back but the bag pipe tunes would likely be obvious as their scale would be the nine notes in some key.

there are also small pipe dance tunes separate from mthe greaat pipes repitoire. many were collected by barry shears. they are distinct and many are old enough to go back to period , however there is no provanance for any specific tune that i know of, the small pipe tradition is thought to predate the great pipes in scotland. we got them from the irish with only two drones.

there might now be some peoplke who have dated them, but gaelic players don't care about the age just the key or mode, pretty much


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