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High Road to Gairloch...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by deputy tom, Dec 24, 2002.

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  1. deputy tom

    deputy tom Member

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    is one of My favorite bagpipe tunes.What more appropriate name for My favorite gun forum than Highroad?Thanks Oleg for answering My Christmas prayer.tom.:D
     
  2. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Several Scotts on the staff.

    Well played pipes are a pleasure to the heart.

    Badly played pipes will clear a county.

    Sam
     
  3. deputy tom

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    C.R.Sam,I've never had a complaint in 15 yrs of piping!tom.LOL.
     
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    OK, I'm not a huge fan of bagpipes, but you're aroused my interest.

    Anyone have a link to this tune?
     
  5. deputy tom

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    Derek,It's in the Colege of Piping Tutor Book Vol.1.I tried a search on dogpile for links to printed music without avail.tom.
     
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    That's a cool tune.

    pax

    I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig. -- Alfred Hitchcock
     
  8. Blackhawk

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    But you've been armed, and the audience knew it! :D
     
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    Blackhawk,

    I'd never thought of that! That does explain the origins of the mandatory sgian-dubh, doesn't it?

    pax

    An armed society is a polite society. -- Robert Heinlein
     
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    I'll shiver but accept it from a Sassenach or a Lowlander but there is a time that I will call some order. They are not "bagpipes"! If you're referring to the pipes, just say "pipes"!

    Now play a few bars of Scotland The Brave while I remind you that "the Fletchers were the first to raise smoke and boil water on the braes of Glenorchy".

    I've marched many mile with a rifle on my shoulder or with a column at my back and the pipes skirled every pace of the way. There's a darned good reason the Nazi Wermacht called the Highlanders "the Women From Hell" and besmirching the pipes is a good way to find out why.

    And Pax, keep the "black knife" well hidden until needed.
     
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    Having attended a Scottish wedding as a guest, I will say sgian-dubh's make the garter toss much more interesting.

    Plus, I love the new site!
     
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    Ah there is nothing so awe inspiring as the skirl of the pipes. It is heavens own music!

    My favorite story about a piper is Robert Service's poem "MacPhearson Held the Floor". Well worth a read as it is humorous while holding more than a grain of truth to it!
     
  13. deputy tom

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    Blackhawk,You're right.Skein dubh in the hose top,Seecamp in the sporran.But the main reason for lack of complaints is I've played many more funerals than weddings.Probably a 10 to 1 ratio!tom.;)
     
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  15. Blackhawk

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    Right....! Armed guy playing pipes at a funeral. That's sure going to bring out the mischief in a heckler, isn't it? :D

    Seriously, I think pipes are like a violin. Played well, it's sheer beauty, but when not, it can torment the dead!
     
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    Yes,as I've said before.When they're playing right they're like angels singing.The instrument is very tempermental and changes in temperature,humidity,etc. will effect the sound.Unlike trumpets,etc., the pipes must be played several days in advance of any type of performance,unless You don't mind being embarrassed.:eek: tom.
     
  17. 4v50 Gary

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    Saddest thing you can hear is Amazing Grace on the pipes. It brings tears to the eyes.
     
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    deputy tom:
    It's good to know there's another piper here! I keep a P-32 in the sporran myself. ;)
     
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    I think Amazing Grace must have been written for the pipes. It sends shivers down my spine everytime I hear it, especially at a funeral.
     
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    I didn't realize just how many Scots/Pipers there were on this board!tom.:eek:
     
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    I don't recall the source, but I remember reading an account of a battle in WWII, where the CO of an outnumbered British unit asked for support, needing "three tanks or one piper!"
     
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