Actually jazz on the bagpipes has been done by Ruffus Harley, who I believe
was from Philly. The pipes playing Rock has become more common in the past
15 to 20 years. I don't think I have ever heard anyone play ballads on the
pipes. I have heard Cajun dance music on the pipes, aaaaaheeeeee!
Vicki, traditionally bagpipe music falls into two categories; the Ceol Beag
(Light Music like reels, marches, strathspeys, etc.) and Ceol Mor (Great
Music or Piobaireachd).
My taste tends toward the traditional: reels, strathspeys, jigs, &
piobaireachd (pibroch) although I do like the occasional rocker if it is
well performed. My all time favorite piper is Michael Cusack from Houston,
Texas. I first heard him play at the Houston Highland Games in April of 1986
which was right after he had won the Oban Gold Medal. He was the best piper
I had ever heard, then or since! He is an eleven time winner of the U.S.
Piping Foundation Championship, most recently in 2003. The first American to
have won the Gold Medal at Oban and Inverness, his awards also include the
Senior Piobaireachd Competition at Oban, the Clasp at Inverness, the Bratach
Gorm at London, and the March, Strathspey and Reel and Piobaireachd events
at the Glenfiddich. He is now Headmaster at St. Thomas Episcopal School in
His band program at St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston has resulted in
the band winning five Juvenile World Championships, including this year's
Listen to some of the finest pipers in the world here:
Almost like hearing ONE piper! They are that good! It is Mike Cusack, Tyler
Fry, Scott Currie, Haggis MacLeod, Barry Wilson, Duncan Gibson playing
"Crossing the Minch".
Baton Rouge, La, USA
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From: "vickicohen.shaw" <[log in to unmask]>
> I guess ballads would be the ticket.
> Pipes playing torch songs? You Give me Fever by pipes??? Wouldn't get me
in the mood! Jazz by ppes? Oy Vey! I will unashamedly confess that
Amazing Grace played by one or 100 pipes has to be one of the most beautiful
sounds in the world. laugh at me if you want, but it raises the hair on my
head and gives me goose bumps. Go ahead, laugh.