Re: Bagpipes & Fiddlers

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Posted by Kate on February 04, 2000 at 16:57:49:

In Reply to: Bagpipes & Fiddlers posted by Susan on February 04, 2000 at 15:57:53:

: I haven't gotten on here in over a month and believe me, that's a big mistake! There's no possible way to read everything so I tried to hit the high spots. I was interested in the posts about the Highland Games & bagpipe music, and all bagpipe jokes aside, I have to admit that I was moved to tears when my 98-year-old aunt's casket was rolled out of the chapel yesterday to the tune of a single piper playing "Amazing Grace". Her Ulster-Scot greatxxxx grandfather came from Ireland over 200 years ago, so it was a fitting tribute to her heritage.

: I have been going to various Games since childhood, and I always enjoy it. Click on the link to go to my Highland Games page.

: As for fiddlers, did you know that Dougie MacLean ("The Gael") is a member of the board of directors of the Swannanoa Gathering held at Warren Wilson College each summer? So hearing him while you are in N.C. might not be totally out of the question! There are many fine fiddlers in N.C.---Bonnie Rideout, Fred Lail . . . I'm not certain if Alistair Fraser, who plays on the soundtrack, has ever been affiliated with this particular workshop, but I know I've seen his name somewhere related to a North Carolina event.

: We have certainly had a bit of cold weather and Lake James in the area of the canoe escape has been partly frozen over. (I can envison Hawkeye et. al. doing a Hans Brinker heading for the river!)

: I plan on coming to the Gathering this year. Agnes says hi.


Hi Susan!

Great to hear from you! However, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your aunt.

Yes, there is something very 'haunting' about a lone piper's lament. Each year at the closing of the Edinburgh Tatoo, the lone piper is seen silouetted against the dark sky, on the top of the battlements, while he plays 'taps' - truly, the hairs stand up on the back of your neck!!

I used to be at Highland Dancing competitions every weekend with our Heather - she danced competitively for about 15 years. Just last weekend, there was a 'busker' in Dundee playing the pipes and I heard the tune and immediately thought - 'oh, Strathspey and two half reels!' Now whenever I hear Highland music, I ALWAYS see the dance in my mind!!

I'm so glad to hear we shall be seeing you at the Gathering again!! What would the event be without you and Agnes!! Take care, Miss,

Best wishes,

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