The Haunting Sounds of Bagpipe Music

Bagpipe music is synonymous with Scotland, but there are plenty of other places in the world that have carried on the tradition, particularly in countries where Scots emigrated.

Scotland is the true home of bagpipe music, but the pipes are also found in Ireland and Wales. When Scots emigrated to countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand, they took their bagpipes and their music with them, handing down the tradition to the next generations.

History of bagpipes

While most people think of the Highland bagpipes as being a Scottish invention, the truth is far from it. Bag instruments have been around since around 1000 BC.

It has always been a reed instrument and has always featured air being pumped from a bladder into a reed chamber to produce a sound that is similar to what we know as the pipes today.

Roman Empire archives suggest that at least one of its leaders used to play some form of pipe instrument.

Military pipers

In World War II, Scottish Highland Regiments too pipers with them into battle. It was known to boost the morale of troops and bagpipe music often accompanied the troops into battle. Pipers were known for their extraordinary bravery, marching into on coming fire while piping regimental pieces of bagpipe music. They are still in action today and as mentioned earlier, countries such as Canada and New Zealand also have bagpipers. Nowadays, the pipes play more of a ceremonial role.

Other countries that were part of the British Empire took on the tradition of having piper units in the military and these include Uganda, India and Pakistan.

The Badpiper

One of the most reecognisable pipers in the world is a Scot, who goes by the moniker of the Badpiper. He dresses up in leather and spikes and often plays the pipes on a unicycle. His set of pipes belches flame and he often covers hard rock tracks by AC/DC and other similar bands.

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