This is the fifth post in the series. Previous posts can be found by clicking on #PETER’S PONDERING PIPES.
We have moved from Ireland, via Northumberland, Wales, and now move down to Cornwall.
I am learning as much about pipes as you are so I shall ask an expert, Dr Merv Davey, to tell us a little about Cornish Pipes. Every 5th May might be the only time of year you get to hear any Cornish being spoken, so remember to join in and say Gool Peran Lowen (Happy St Piran’s Day) to your nearest and dearest each year!
Another name that constantly crops up when researching bagpipes is Julian Goodacre. He is a maker and researcher of the historical bagpipes of the British Isles, and is based in Peebles, Scotland. He has particularly specialised in reviving the extinct English bagpipes, Scottish bagpipes, and Cornish bagpipes.
Here he can be seen with THE CORNISH BAGPIPE SEXTET playing Shepherds Hey. Julian Goodacre – High G Cornish Double Pipes Callum Armstrong- low G Cornish Double Pipes John-Francis Goodacre- Cornish Double Pipes “This is the first video of my low G Cornish Double bagpipe, recorded by Ria Strangneth in The Great Hall of Elcho Street. Peebles. Jan 3rd 2019.” You may wonder where the other three players are! Well, each bagpipe is, in effect, two instruments, hence three players equals a sextet!
And here they are playing Half my Life by Julian Goodacre High G – Cornish Double Pipes Callum Armstrong- low G Cornish Double Pipes John-Francis Goodacre- C Cornish Double Pipes The Wiston Lodge Sessions Recorded at Wiston Lodge, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6HT. Scotland January 1st 2020.