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    Traditional Scottish Music

    After realizing there was no thread for traditional Scottish music, I figured it was about time to create one. The style, sound, lyrics and in some cases; the instruments all vary according to the region.

    Firstly, we'll start with our most famous instrument; the bagpipes. There are three types of music played on the bagpipes: the march, strathspey and reel variety, which were composed for military or social events, and the piobaireachd which can be described as the 'symphony music' of the pipes.


    For more information on bagpipe parts and the purposes they fill:http://www.bagpipejourney.com/articl..._anatomy.shtml

    Some videos:
    Scotland the Brave


    Canadian-Scottish Pipers


    Now lets add some scenery..
    Lone piper


    The Fiddle
    The next intrustrament is the fiddle. Like most instruments, the fiddle is greatly influenced by the region in which it is played. Scottish fiddling, to most people can sound like Irish fiddlingbut you candistinguish it from the other folk fiddling styles by the particular execution and energy in the delivery.

    Shetland fiddler


    Borders Fiddle


    Highland Fiddle


    Folk Artists
    Well, theres really no need to explain this one. These are people who sing folk songs.
    The Corries


    Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer


    The Harp
    The harp, has a long and ancient history in Scotland. It once was regarded as the national instrument until it was replaced with the Highland bagpipes in the 15th century. Stone carvings in the East of Scotland support the theory that the harp was present in Pictish Scotland well before the 9th century.
    Harp

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    Great post. Thanks for breaking out the different fiddle styles. The Highland style is similar to the typical Irish style probably due to their shared Celtic cultural heritage. The borders style is somber and mournful which seems to reflect all the conflict and cross border raiding. Can't comment on the Shetland style as I am unfamiliar with their culture (I know it once belongs to Norway and was pawned to Scotland).

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    I would like to second what brother Naglfari said, thanks for sharing a great post brother Olav.

    Being of German and Celtic (Irish) ancestry myself, I have always had a deep love of the "music of the pipes", but never researched their history.

    Great to know this and thanks again for sharing.

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    Well to get this thread going here is a tribute at a funeral. I would love this at my funeral (not that I would know of course).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HutX...eature=related

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    Hrmm maybe we need this to gain more interest.
    Highland dance

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    I used to do Highland dancing as well as Scottish Country Dancing. I also partook in learning Pipe Band Drums, hehe.

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