The Bagpipe Challenge — Sunday March 18 1pm

Bag­pipes — musi­cal instru­ments char­ac­terised by one or more reed pipes blown via a bag or blad­der — are gen­er­al­ly thought of as a Celtic instru­ment but this is far from the case. Vir­tu­al­ly every cul­ture around the world has bag­pipes of some form or anoth­er, and the music they are used to pro­duce dif­fers wide­ly.

On Sun­day at 1pm Pacif­ic Time (20:00 GMT) three pre­sen­ters — Elrik Mer­lin, Ktahdn Vesu­vi­no and Gabrielle Riel — bring you the sound of the bag­pipes from around the world on Radio Riel’s Main Stream — or you can join them in the vir­tu­al world of Sec­ond Life at Ceil­iúradh Glen.

There is much more to bag­pip­ing than the stir­ring up of the deaf and shar­ing music with those in the next time zone, and the Sean­chai Library, as part of its 10th Anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, is host­ing a pro­gramme in which three fans of the instru­ment present their argu­ments. We invite you to step into a world beyond the stereo­types and hear… music!

The bag­pipe is, after all, sim­ply a reed musi­cal instru­ment. Like the oboe, bas­soon, crumhorn, shawm, sor­na and many oth­ers sound is pro­duced by two thin stiff ele­ments vibrat­ing against each oth­er as air pass­es between them; the beat­ing gives these instru­ments their char­ac­ter­is­tic buzzing sound. To the com­mon dou­ble reed the bag­pipe adds an air reser­voir so that breath’s pul­sa­tion can become con­tin­u­ous.

There are many kinds of bag­pipes and many kinds of play­ers. This Sean­chai pro­gram will give Elrik Mer­lin, Ktahdn Vesu­vi­no and Gabrielle Riel a chance to show why they like the pipes, and we invite you to share their enjoy­ment!

For more infor­ma­tion about the Sean­chai Library and its activ­i­ties, please vis­it their web site.


If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

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