Peter’s Pondering Pipes #1

I like pipe music!

I suppose I first grew to love The Pipes in the army where I saw innumerable pipe bands, enjoyed various concerts, and marched to their haunting beat.

I further grew to love them when posted to the Outer Hebrides where “The Pipes” were a way of life. They told of ancient battles and skirmishes, of the love and loss of sweethearts, of the struggles of daily life, and of the joys of singing, dancing, and community spirit and support.

My knowledge of the pipes was expanded over the years as I encountered more examples and I learned that not all bagpipes are the same. I discovered that bagpipes appear in one form or another all around the world. We will see some of them in later posts

Most people will associate bagpipes with the Scots and immediately think of men in kilts. However, I don’t want to start off there. Instead, I’m going to show you the Uilleann pipes, most often associated with the Irish.

Without further ado, here are The Chieftains, performing at the WGBH, Boston, MA, I think in 2012. They were still touring in March 2020 when Covid-19 put a stop to everything. You will see a rounded performance of music, singing, and dancing!

Sadly, Paddy Moloney, seen here playing the pipes and tin whistle, died on 12 October 2021 at the age of 83. May he Rest In Peace, having enjoyed giving so much pleasure to so many people over many years.

41 thoughts on “Peter’s Pondering Pipes #1

    1. You would Carolyn. However, you have been lucky to see lots of other places that others will never get to see. Life is just too short to see everything we would wish, which is why we have to make the best possible use of every minute.

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  1. What an interesting post, Peter, and I so enjoyed the music! I’ve always enjoyed the pipes!
    This vid you shared is so wonderful…the music, the dancing, the joy, etc! 🙂
    I’m sorry to hear about Paddy Moloney’s death. RIP, Paddy. ❤
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  2. I hope you caught my post about hearing the bagpipes coming out of the fog when we were in Maine in August. I had a friend who played the tin whistle(he called it a penny whistle if that is the same thing) and really sent out lovely tunes on the summer afternoons we spent near them.

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