On Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:02:46 -0700 (PDT), Madrigal Gurneyhalt
Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by GordonD Post by Peter Moylan Post by LFS Post by Ken Blake
On Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:31:17 -0700 (PDT), Dingbat
On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:29:11 PM UTC+5:30, Peter T. Daniels
Post by Peter T. Daniels
Have you ever seen the movie *Deliverance*? (Dueling banjos. One of
classic scenes in American cinema.)
Yes, in the movie, it's a guitar and banjo. But the original
performance of the tune was a duel between two banjos, hence its name.
Son, in his first year at film school in Edinburgh, persuaded two
bagpipe players on Princes Street to do a version of it. Made a splendid
I have sometimes been tempted to ask my guitar teacher to get the two of
us doing this piece, but you have just killed that ambition. I could
never match that.
That poor girl! First she has to put up with being serenaded by one of
them. Then the other comes on and tries to out-serenade. And then, at
about 1:10, they start on the actual "Dueling Banjos" tune and begin to
dance with each other, shunting her upstage. Then they reach for each
other's bags. Then they bump butts. Eventually they remember they're
supposed to be impressing a woman, and she ends up getting stuck with
the both of them.
I take it this isn't young Master Spira's movie.
The poor girl doesn't seem to mind a bit!
It was a stage production before an audience. She was paid to endure the
event and appear to be enjoying it.
I regret to inform you that you have totally failed to understand
the nature of the performance. Let us just say that the only
payment involved would have been from not to the performers!
You may be proceeding from an assumption that listening to bagpipes
(especially in an enclosed space) is a pleasant thing to do.
Whether I am or not I think it reasonable to assume that the College
of Pipers certainly does!
I don't think I'd buy a ticket to attend a piping concert, but I do
enjoy the appearances of the Rosie O'Grady's Pipe and Drum Corp at
parades and other events here in Orlando. I like the drums along with
the pipes. It's a large group, and quite good.
"Seven Nations" is a Celtic/folk/rock group that started here in
Florida, but has become a nationally and even internationally known
group. Three of the group play the Highland Bagpipes, but - like a
lot of musicians - play other instruments in their sets. One member,
who is not longer in the group, played the Uileann bagpipes.
They used to appear locally quite a bit, but seldom come back now that
they are playing national and international dates. They were featured
at the XIX Winter Olympic Games at the torch lighting ceremony. I
have to content myself with the CDs I bought at their earlier
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida