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International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March

Posted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:49 am
by Tom H
Saturday 10th March is going to be the first International Bagpipe Day. Pipers all over the UK and beyond will be celebrating the many versions of this instrument, the tunes and the heritage, and hopefully reacquaint people with what was once one of the most common musical sounds. If you are a piper and already playing on that day, why not add a mention of the history and heritage of the instrument. If you want to find out more about different types of bagpipe, have a look at

In Cheshire we've got a few events happening on Saturday 10th March.

11am - Grosvenor Museum, Chester. "Discover the Bagpipes" workshop, hear the instruments, have a try, find out where to see medieval carvings of bagpipers, see a demonstration by a bagpipe maker, discover the piper's tale through history and folklore. Free Admission.

2pm - Nantwich Museum, "Discover the Bagpipes" - details as at Chester. Again, Free Admission.

7.30pm - St Peter's Church, by the Cross, Chester. "Bagpipolorum!" a special concert celebrating the instrument, with traditional music from across Europe and from medieval times to today, featuring The Time Bandits - Anglo-European Folk and Renaissance Dance with border bagpipes. Jon Turton, Irish and Traditional music on uilleann pipes, Halfe Pannikin, tunes from 13th century to today featuring dudey (renaissance smallpipes), Cormac Bowell playing strident tunes on piob mhor, and Tom Hughes, folk tales of pipers and English double pipes. £5 admission, including interval drink. Take your chance on the night, or post here or PM me to reserve places.

Re: International Bagpipe Day Sat 10th March

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:58 am
by Tom H
And it was a huge success, well featured on national news and radio and events happening across the world. Look out for it again next year, second Saturday in March.

Meanwhile, here's some news of what happened in Cheshire

The next big historic music event near me is the Minstrels' Court on Saturday 16th June at St John's Church in Chester. If there are any keen medieval bagpipers, or indeed other musicians, out there who would like to join the Minstrels' procession through the city and getting their licence to perform do get in touch.