Kinnaird Bagpipes Newsletter

Feb 2016 

in this issue
:: News
:: Upcoming Events
:: Featured Article
:: Scottish Humor
:: Video Clip
Last month's survey question: 
Have you ever attended a Burns' Night/Supper? 
Yes 79%
No  21%

If yes, what was your favorite part?
Welcome Speech 2.29%
Selkirk Grace 4.58%
Entrance of Haggis 29.77%
Supper 16.03%
Loyal Toast 5.34%
Immortal Memory 4.58%
Toast to the Lassies/Reply 7.63%
Works by Burns 6.87%
Other (including the Pipers & Drummers, Dancers, Speaker, comedy, everything, good friends, etc.) 22.91%

This month's survey question:          
If you are involved with a pipe band, are supplies and uniforms purchased by the band or by each member?  

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Shout out to a few members of the 96th Highlanders who were fortunate to join
Johnny Reid on stage during his Saskatoon performances.
Great job Brendon, Lachlan & Regan!
(photo: Gord Waldner, Saskatoon Star Phoenix) 


Featured Item:  
In Stock Celtic Jewellery
We have many great jewellery items in stock for quick delivery. 

  The Lake Diefenbaker Pipe Band School is now accepting applications. This year, they will also be offering Highland Dancing.

Pipe Bands
Most products are eligible for quantity discounts!  Ask us for quotes!
Chanters, Drone Reeds, Drum Sticks, Highland Dress, etc.

US customers- Save Now! The exchange rate offers about 25% discount!
Ex.: Ross Canister Bags are $350 CAD, but with the conversion it is currently about $254 USD*!!
*Please note that the exchange rate is constantly changing and exact exchange rate at time of purchase may vary.

Canadian Customers-
Save now! Shopping in US currency means about 25% premium on all products. Landed Canadian prices, mean savings!
Ross Canister Bags from a US competitor are $365 USD, which is about $503 CAD!

Upcoming Events 

Feb 14 Valentine's Day

Feb 15 Family Day- Kinnaird Bagpipes will be Closed

Feb 19-20 The Johnny McCuaig Band at Buds on Broadway in Saskatoon

Feb 27 Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games & Festival

Mar 1 St David's Day

Mar 5 Redding Bagpipe Competition

Mar 5 Southeast Florida Scottish Festival & Games

Mar 10 International Bagpipe Day

Mar 17 Saint Patrick's Day 

Featured Article

The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol consisting of 2 hands holding a heart with a crown representing love, friendship, and loyalty.

There are a few different stories about how the Claddagh came to be. One story tells of a prince who fell in love with a maid. To convince her father that his intentions were pure, he designed a ring representing love, loyalty and friendship. When the father learned of this, he gave his blessing.

A second story mentions Margaret Joyce, who married a Spanish merchant and moved to Spain. He soon died leaving her a large sum of money. She returned to Ireland, married the mayor of Galway, & funded the construction of bridges in Connacht. As a reward for her charity, an eagle dropped a Claddagh ring into her lap.

A third, and possibly more realistic story, involves Robert Joyce from Galway. He headed to the West Indies to work, intending to marry upon his return. His ship was captured and he was sold as a slave to a Moorish goldsmith. His new master trained him in his craft. When William III became king and demanded that all British prisoners be released, Joyce was set free. The goldsmith offered Joyce his daughter and half of his wealth if he would stay. Joyce refused and returned home. During his time with the Moors, he had forged a ring as a symbol of his love. He gave the ring to his love and they were married.

The way that a Claddagh ring is worn portrays a meaning. If worn on the right hand with the heart facing outward, the person is single. When worn on the right hand with the heart facing inward, the person is in a relationship. If worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward, the wearer is engaged. On the left hand ring finger facing inward, the person is married.

We currently have a few Claddagh pendants in stock as well as many other beautiful Celtic Jewellery items.

Video Clip

The Discovery Channel's "How its Made" did an episode on Bagpipes:

Scottish Trivia

Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin is believed to hold the remains of St Valentine, said to be several bones with some blood in a sealed container that has never been opened. 
Blessed St. John Duns Scotus in Glasgow, the Church of St. Praxedes in Rome, the Stephansdom in Vienna, & Roquemaure in France all hold relics, often just pieces or scrapings of bones.
In 1999, it was claimed that the St. Francis' Church in Glasgow held the "real" remains of St Valentine and it was suggested that DNA testing should be done to determine which were the true remains. However, since there is nothing to compare the results to, a DNA test would be useless.

Scottish Humour

Mary was taking a nap on Valentine's Day afternoon. After she woke, she told her husband Paddy, "I just dreamed that you gave me a gorgeous expensive diamond necklace for Valentine's Day! What do you think it means?"
"You'll know tonight," he said.
That evening, Paddy came home with a small package for her. Thrilled, Mary opened it and found a book titled "The Meaning of Dreams."
Product Reviews             

Here is a great review of the Piper's Pal Reed Protector from Field Marshal Montgomery's P/M Richard Parkes MBE: Piper's pal Reed Protector

"I have recently starting using the Pipers Pal Reed Protector and have been impressed with its  ability to help stabilise the chanter reed from the beginning of a practice session.  

I normally play my pipes for a few minutes and leave them down to allow the moisture to penetrate into the reed to allow it to stabilise. Using the Pipers Pal Reed Protector I don't need to do this and I find that the reed remains more stable throughout the practice session. This is beneficial in the band practice scenario where it reduces the time it takes for reeds to get to a stable condition and aids the tuning process."

Don't forget to submit your own product reviews on our website.
Let other customers know what you thought of the products we offer.

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Kinnaird Bagpipes

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Saskatoon, SK
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