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Bagpipes

There are not many well-kown music instruments which can be associated immediately with a country or a nation. One of these special music instruments is the bagpipe.

The early history of the bagpipe is still unclear, it seems likely that the instrument was first developed in pre-Christian times. It seems likely it was developed from an instrument similar to a hornpipe or shawm and coexisted with them. Several hundred years later, the Romans may well have spread the pipes through the Roman Empire, but there is little evidence for this.

With the growth of the British Empire often spearheaded by Highland regimetns of the British Army, the Great Highland Bagpipe was diffused and has become well-kown world-wide. This surge in popularity, boosted by the huge numbers of pipers trained for the two World Wars in the 20th century, coincided with a decline in the popularity of many traditional forms of bagpipe throughout Europe, which began to be displaced by instruments from the classical tradition and later by gramophone and radio.

In the modern era the use of bagpipes has become a common tradition for military funerals and memorials in the anglophone world, and they are often used at the funerals of high-ranking civilian public officials as well. Weddings, dances and parties are also venues for piping, in fact any social event, that can be given a lift by the addition of this unique instrumental music.

Today, there is number of bagpipes all over the world. But the most popular bagpipes are still the ones of Great Britan and Ireland. There is the “Great Highland Bagpipe”, the “Border pipe”, the “Scottish smallpipe”, the “Welsh pipes”, the “Lancashire Great-pipe” and the “Pastoral Pipes” in Great Britain and the “Great Irish Warpipes”, the “Brian Boru bagpipes” and also the “Pastoral Pipes”.

Bagpipes are fascinating not only of their look but also because of their incomparable sound!

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Runrig

Runrig are a Scottish folk-rock-band founded in the rural Western Isles of Scotland in 1973. During the years some members of the band left and new members joined. Nowadays the band consists of 6 members – Peter Wishart (Keyboards), Donnie Munro (Lead Vocals), Blair Douglas (Accordion and Keyboards), Robert MacDonald (Accordion), Richard Cherns (Keyboards), Campbell Gunn (Vocals).

Now the band started to come to prominence in England and the period from 1987 to 1997 marks Runrig’s most successful run, during which time they achieved placings in both the UK albums and singles charts, toured extensively and played a record-breaking concert at Loch Lomond.

Runrig’s popularity has waned somewhat since its mid-90s peak, but it is still very much an active band, touring regularly and releasing albums through its own label, Ridge Records. The 2001 album The Stamping Ground was seen very much as a return to form after the lacklustre In Search of Angels (1999), but 2003’s Proterra divided opinion yet again. However, it should be remembered that Runrig helped break the mold of Gaelic music by writing and singing contemporary material in Gaelic.

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