Bob ..... uilleann pipes have the elbow bellows (like the Northumbrian pipes) and are a fairly recent 'high -tech' development of the bagpipe .... these are much simpler pipes that go way back and are still used across much of europe .... more like the British Small Pipes or Border Pipes.
Bob .... would hate to mislead a Renfrewshire man when it comes to the Pipes .... these days the border and most other small-pipes are bellows blown .... back in the past tho they were mouth blown like the pipes in the video ..... there was much sharing of design and technology between the Border, Northumbrian and Uilliann pipes during their evolution in the 19th Century that resulted in their current form ....don't play them myself but have played alongside plenty before I busted my hand and had to give up all night lock-ins playing traditional tunes in various pubs
On the dawn on the millenia, I got up at 4.00am, drove to Malvern and walked to the top of British Camp to watch the sunrise. At the time, I thought it would be incredible to pipe in the sunrise. So, as I was earning stupid amounts of money, I had a set of Pipes commisioned.
I then had a few lessons, but life kind of took over, and they now sit is a dusty case in the spare room. Occasionally I'll have a spin on the practice chanter but can't do much. I keep thinking I might sell them, but they're quite an individual style (Plain black and silver) and I'd never be in a postion to afford another set if I desired in the future, so will sit on them for a bit longer. Perhaps a retirement project
There's a great Pipe Band called Saor Patrol - used to knock about with them many moons ago when I dabbled in iron age battle re-enactment. Chick, the Piper was also in the opening sequence of Gladiator throwing some poor Romans head around.....
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