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Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

January 2012

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Last month's survey question:
What is the number one piping/drumming item on your holiday Wish List?

Top Answers:
1) Electronic Pipes/Chanter  (Technopipes, Technochanter, Deger, Redpipes)
2) Drone Reeds
3) Bagpipes
4) Chanter Reeds
5) Pipe Case
6) Pipe Bag
7) Pipe Chanter
8) To Learn how to play the pipes
9) Piper's Pal Reed Protector
10) Kilt

Other answers: Become a better piper, Argyll Jacket, Worlds DVDs, Tenor Drum DVD, Bag Cover, Tuition to College of Piping, HBT2 Tuner, Scots Guards Books, Smallpipes, Practice Chanter, Getting the Mudmen to play in Wadena!

This month's survey question:  
If you were a drummer, would you play snare, tenor or bass?


Answer the Question 





We hope you all had a great holiday season! 




 Brochures and Applications for the Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School are now available.


Don't forget that Valentine's Day is coming up next month. We have a wide variety of Celtic Jewellery items available.

Double Trinity Heart Bracelet
Check out our new lines including:

Aura Collection

Celtic Beads & Charms

Clogau Welsh Gold Beads

Celtic Stacking Rings 



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Scottish Humor



An Englishman and a Scotsman are driving head on, at night, on a twisty, dark road. Both are driving too fast for the conditions and collide on a sharp bend in the road. To the amazement of both, they are unscathed, though their cars are both destroyed. In celebration of their luck, both agree to put aside their dislike for the other from that moment on. At this point, the Scotsman goes to the boot and fetches a 12 year old bottle of sherry. He hands the bottle to the Englishman, whom exclaims "May the Scots and the English live together forever, in peace and harmony". The Englishman then tips the bottle and gulps half of the bottle down. Still flabbergasted over the whole thing, he goes to hand the bottle to the Scotsman, whom replies: "No, thanks, I'll just wait till the Police get here". 

Video Clip 

This video clip briefly tells the story of Robert Burns. Don't forget to celebrate Burns' Night on January 25th!

Upcoming Events  


Robbie Burns
Jan 25 Robbie Burns Night

Until January 25th, receive a Free Celtic embossed sporran with any Highland Dress purchase of $200 or more. Enter coupon code: Sporran


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 Featured Article


 History of the Bagpipes

(We have used parts of this article before, but have had requests for the information again.)

What would give anyone the idea to put some sticks into an animal's stomach and blow on them??  A hornpipe-like instrument was the first of its sort, but it is unclear when the bag was attached. Similar instruments were used in the Middle East long before the birth of Christ. They have been an important aspect of Scottish life since Medieval times.

In 400 BC, Ancient Greeks used bagpipes made with man's best friend. That's right, a dog skin bag with bones for chanters!!! Emperor Nero was said to have played the pipes. It is also said that the pipes were present at the famed Battle of Bannockburn in Scotland in 1314. For over 1000 years, the pipes have been associated with the Celtic race.

Although the Great Highland Bagpipes are the most common in the world, there are actually over 30 varieties.  Currently, Scotland and Pakistan are the largest producers of bagpipes.  Various models of electronic bagpipes are also now available.

Bagpipes have been banned twice in Scotland: Once in 1560 and again in 1746.  Pipes were deemed an instrument of war and were used to scare away enemies. At least 500 Pipers were killed during WWI.

Since their history was first studied in the 18th century, the bagpipes' distinct sound and appearance has become recognizable throughout the world.


Recent Reviews


Gilmour Chanter Reeds

Gilmour Chanter Reeds
"These reeds provide a huge bright sound from just about any chanter I've ever used them in. They are made from very hard cane and tend to take a little while to break in but they last forever. A+"

"I often use these reeds in my Sinclair chanter, and they are great. They have good life to them."

"This Reed is excellent. It is durable, and will last for a long time. Great Buy. A+"


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