Just a friendly reminder that it's on again with pipering under the friendly
tutelage of yours truly. Don't forget, while you're freezing your tuning
pins off in the northern hemisphere, it's nice and warm at that time of the
year in the other hemisphere. Even in Tasmania.
PS ... and if you don't like the pipers, you can always slum it with the
From: Uilleann pipe mailing list [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On
Behalf Of kalle liberts
Sent: Tuesday, 11 November 2003 22:11
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Subject: Re: what does "traditional" mean?
i had to pick on someone..............some of my friends are absolutly
brilliant scottish fiddlers-one of them a lass who has been playing for 16
years(and she has just turned 20)
it stems from a very friendly rivalry between 5 pipers and 20plus fiddlers
at the last two summer summer schools i've attended in tasmania
nothing thant can be fixed by a few pints of guinness around a bonfire(made
from scottish fiddles, of course)
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From: "Kelly, Tom" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 12:36 AM
Subject: Re: what does "traditional" mean?
> Kalle wrote:
> "BUT we are still Uilleann pipers- revered by the overawed, despised by
> scottish fiddlers,welcomed into warm alehouses, and displayed as an
> Why in your opinion are Uilleann pipers despised by Scottish Fiddlers?
> Tom Kelly
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kalle liberts [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 9:04 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: what does "traditional" mean?
> indeed - what does "traditional"
> mean (in the greater context of things)
> what would people (not necessarily pipers) consider 'traditional' 200
> today do we hold the same values as then-probably not.
> a thing that i have seen with anything 'traditional' and it is more
> with primitive culltures (ie when compared to the so called advanced
> world-and then i sometimes wonder) is the marvellous simplicity they have
> their lives.
> and yet the are not afraid to adapt. for instance take a hunter gatherer
> type people- for arrowheads they may have used flint or even wooden spear
> then through trade they got iron, steel and other metals and they start to
> used them in their everyday ,'traditional' lives: spearpoints and
> become metal.
> Oral tradition too is subject to outside influences , where unless you
> strict rules of preservation and transmission you will undoubtedly get
> variances over time .
> So there would at least several types of Tradition-
> one that is fluid , dynamic and constantly reinvents itself as times goes
> by- sometimes improves itself other times goes down a dead end but always
> going forward
> Then there the one that would almost be regressive in that , for example
> multimillion dollar businessman dreams of leaving his financial District
> office to go to a pseudo old time farm to 'get back to his roots' and work
> the land with horse and jumpstump Plow (traditional style-living in a kind
> of Amish Paradise); or perhaps he will get dressed up chain mail and
> to relieve the knights of old & bash their heads in with blunted swords
> have a good time feasting (hmm... hold that thought) and wenching.
> a third one that comes to mind is one that i feel should apply to us as
> pipers/pipemakers/reedmaker/traditional musicians of any kind(imho only)
> one has a heritage of music,of songs,of stories etc a heritage of making
> pipes and equipment. so one would be looking at the aforementioned points
> and strike
> a medium where one would see how to adapt with current time, discard the
> bits that are not working anymore or been superseeded by better methods or
> improved way of doing things but NEVER loosing their identity. for
> sake traditionally pipemakers have used wood for chanters - as bill gates
> would say- it's the current industry standard!
> But if some brainiac comes along and discovers eg a resin that is readily
> availble and can be used in pipe manufacture werethe quality of the
> is constant
> and the cost is low would that become the industry standard
> ie.'traditional'? Or do we doggedly hold on to what we learn from our our
> forefarthers and to some extend stagnate as we refuse to see things from a
> different perspective?
> So the upshot is this Traditional means a lot of different things to a lot
> people and as uilleann pipers we are in a somewhat funny position-
> in as much while we learn the pipes and techniques from our foreathers and
> then go off and play the tune in our own style and -dare i say it -
> BUT we are still Uilleann pipers- revered by the overawed, despised by the
> scottish fiddlers,welcomed into warm alehouses, and displayed as an object
> of curiosity in travelling freakshows(right in the corner between the
> bearded lady and the midget who does weird things with bowling balls and
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