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It's In the Bag! The History and Music of the Bagpipes

Rare Music in the Rare Book Room. Friday, 18 September, 4-5pm, Perkins Library Biddle Rare Book Room
The piping tradition in Europe and the British Isles encompasses far more than the what we hear and see in the familiar pipe bands derived from the regimental bands of the British Army. Bagpipes are present in folk traditions as well as forms of classical music across Europe and beyond. Bagpipes have a truly unique cultural history and repertoire. Duke University alumnus Bruce Wright will demonstrate a number of bagpipes and discuss their history and music, emphasizing the more familiar instruments (and the music played by them) from Great Britain and Ireland. A Durham resident, piper Bruce Wright has studied bagpipes under several noted pipers, including Sandy Jones, Colin MacLellan, and Ed Neigh. He is a former Pipe Major of the City of Oaks Pipe Band and a current member of and instructor for the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums. The Rare Music series is sponsored by DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections) and Duke University Libraries.

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Posted 11 September 2009

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