I must say that I do like this format much better. The discussions we
had before the list went moderated were vibrant and informative, not trivial
(though there was some of that mixed in).
Now, a musical question (horror!). When did the Scots first start with
bagpipes? Was it before or after they went on their "temporary" excusrion
across the Irish Sea? Also, what was Irish music like circa A.D. 600?