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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

November 4, 2011

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Last month's survey question:

How many members of your family pipe or drum? 

0: 11.3%

1: 52.1%

2-3: 29.5%

4-5: 1.7%

more than 5: 6% 



This month's survey question:

If there was one tune you wish you never had to play again, what would it be?


Answer the Question 




Upcoming Events  


McCallum Bagpipes

Order your set of

McCallum Bagpipes 
by Tuesday November 8th to guarantee delivery by Christmas! 


Nov 11 Remembrance Day- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be closed.

Don't forget that the holiday season is fast approaching!  Some items are in stock while others may need to be ordered in. Special orders can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to arrive, so plan in advance!!



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New in stock-
Frazer Warnock Practice Chanter Reeds

Colin MacLellan Chanter Reeds

Duncan Soutar Chanter Reeds

Several different types of Drone Reeds are now being stocked.


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Scottish Humor


A English lawyer and a Scotsman are sitting next to each other on a train. The lawyer thinks Scots are so dumb that he could put one over on him easily...So the lawyer asks if he would like to play a game. The Scot is tired, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, and says that the game is a lot of fun. "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only �5; you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you �500". This catches the Scots attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from The Earth to the Moon?" The Scot doesn't say a word, reaches in his pocket, pulls out  �5 and hands it to the lawyer. Now, it's his turn. He asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs, and comes down with 4?" The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail. After one hour of searching he finally gives up. He wakes up the Scot and hands him �500. He happily pockets the �500 and goes right back to sleep. The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the Scot up and asks, "Well, so what goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes down with 4?" The Scot reaches in his pocket, hands the lawyer �5 and goes back to sleep.  

And the moral of this little tale? Never underestimate the guile of a Scotsman!


Video Clip


This video was sent in to us from Eugene Kemp. 


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 Featured Article


How to Have a Celtic Christmas

Santa Bagpiper


Here are 11 ways to add a Celtic Flair to your holiday season: 

1. The Yule log is reminiscent of a time when an oak log was burnt for 12 hours using the remnants of the previous years to light it. Once it was burned, the log was decorated and kept throughout the year and its ashes were spread on the fields to encourage a good harvest.  


2. Decorating your house with holly and ivy is a druidic tradition. These evergreens along with their blood red berries were a sign of fertility and rebirth. It was placed around doors and windows to capture evil spirits before they entered the house in its spiky leaves.

3. The same is true of mistletoe which grows in the boughs of the oak tree. Druids would cut it down with a golden sickle making sure that it did not touch the ground. Meeting beneath a sprig of mistletoe was considered fortunate and a sign of goodwill, which is why we now suspend it above doorways and exchange kisses if we meet beneath it.

4. Advent wreaths again have their roots in Celtic traditions. The countdown to the celebrations was marked with an evergreen holly wreath or a Celtic rope knot to hold 4-5 candles. One was lit each week in the lead up to Christmas. Traditionally there were 24 candles, the last of which was lit on the winter solace, bringing most light at the time when the world outside is at its darkest.

5. Place a lit candle in your window to welcome Mary and Joseph should they be passing.


6. Catching the Wren was traditionally an Irish feast celebrated on St Stephen's Day December 26th, where participants would try to catch a wren, bringing them good luck. Now it is considered more as a time for going door to door, carol singing and passing around the hat.

7. Hogmanay, the Scottish four day festival of the New Year, is when the streets come alive with singing, dancing and partying. These include eating of haggis.


8. January 6th is the day to celebrate Little Christmas. Traditionally women have the day off housework and the Christmas decorations are taken down. It is considered bad luck to take them down before or leave them up after this date.

9. The Celtic knot symbolizes the life force, as in its never ending circle it weaves its path. These can be used in a variety of decorative ways, as place settings, Christmas cards or wreaths for your front door. 



10. Christmas cake, Christmas pudding/Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding contain a rich mix of dried fruit, nuts and brandy. You start making them at the end of harvest and leave them to mature in time for Christmas. A cake of plenty made in the deep midst of winter.

11. Scotland has the tradition of First Footing, where at the stroke of midnight neighbors visit each other with a small gift, fruit cake or shortbread in return for a wee dram of whiskey. In other parts it is lucky for the first person to enter the house on New Years Day to bring a piece of coal as good luck for the coming year. Tall dark handsome men are thought to be the luckiest, while red headed women are sadly the least lucky ones to have knock on your door. 




Recent Reviews


 HBT2 Highland Bagpipe Tuner

HBT2 Highland Bagpipe Tuner

 -"I was amazed at how easy it was to use the HB2 Tuner. I was quickly able to calibrate my chanter then transfer the calibrations to tune the drones. The added benefit of the metronone playing in each appropriate sound signature, 2/4,3/4, etc is an emmence help. Excellent product"

-"I loved the HBT1 and this is even better. Better response on bass drone tuning than first model. Speaker for metronome a great addition. No need to figure out offsets with a standard tuner. Great tool."



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