On 22 Aug 2008, Ormston, Chris wrote: > I may have imagined this, but I've a feeling GGA was involved in > George Atkinson's tuition.
Ah. I thought so, but couldn't place where I'd heard it. > Thanks for getting me going about piping ensembles too - was it > intentional??? No, it just sort of came out. But let's go with it.... 2) More than 3 sets of NSP in > ensemble starts to sound like one of those kazoo-based Juvenile Jazz > bands e had in the 1960s How many sets were on Cut & Dry? Compare and contrast the tracks with only one or two, versus the ones where more than that were playing, maybe.... And if you start with a group where most of the sets sound like kazoos anyway, whether naturally or thanks to their "players", there isn't a hope. 3) Plaid is bad or at least (as far as pipers were concerned) a Victorian invention by the 4th Duke, who wanted to keep up with the MacJones's north of him in the great tartan craze of the 1820s / 30s. I don't doubt that some local shepherds did actually use them before that - I've been told the weave was different in each valley so that when a frozen corpse was found on the hills in the spring the body could be identified. Even then the Duke's piper was / is the only one to whom it was / is relevant, and the first one of those to use the whole rig out - blackcock feather and all was Jack Armstrong, piper from 1949-78, although James Hall came close in the late C19 Traditional? I don't think so. Expedient on occasion today? Probably. Enough folk have got them that I needn't bother. Phew Used to cover musical deficiency? You may so, I couldn't possibly comment! Julia To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html