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Czech pipes in Armagh

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:11 pm
by Greg_in_London
Well I went to the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh and saw and heard lots of wonderful piping. I thought people might be interested to see some Czech 'duda'. I was able to have a go and, after learning a couple of tunes (on the fiddle) was asked to join in a performance.

As well as my pictures, you can see many more on the Armagh Piping Club website at: ... lery/index

or I have a couple more at: ... 202006.htm

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:07 am
by kpiper1993
those look neat! What were they like compared to the bagpipes?

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:22 pm
by Greg_in_London
You mean, 'What were they like compared to HIGHLAND bagpipes ?' I take it.
They were VERY different not only because they are belows blown, but also because the bellows is under the left arm and the reservoir under the right - the opposite of uillean pipes for example - and so disorientating. In fact it created a bit of an 'on the sea, in the waves' sort of feeling, particularly as they can be played standing up - you find yourself swaying slightly. Traditionally the bellows/bag arrangement could be either way, though.
This obviously made it hard to maintain constant pressure while playing a chanter with slightly different fingering. To be honest I didn't have long enough to try and adjust.

The chanter plays in E flat, so is a few tones higher pitched than we're used to, but matches 19th century oboes played locally.

The volume is less than we'd be used to too, but loud enough for indoors or outdoor areas that are not too loud - or for playing with other instruments.

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:27 pm
by kpiper1993
that's interesting.

Hi Greg

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:15 pm
by happypiper
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Paul aka happypiper