Monthly Archives: May 2008

First (solo) Practice of the Year

Finally had the time and it was warm enough to leave the apartment and play a few tunes. Still can’t play an E gracenote for whatever mental block reason, so you don’t get to hear Major Mason’s Farewell to Clachantrusal with really bad taorlauths! Instead you get to hear: 1. Hector the Hero 2. Clumsy Lover 3. Fraher’s Jig / Humours of Ballyloughlin 4. Calista Anne McLaurin / Calista and Clark’s Playtime / The Congress Reel / Farewell to Connaught / Rakish Paddy / Dinky Dorian’s – Peace, Patrick McLaurin





Bagpipe Setup = 1950’s Henderson – Selbie Drone Reeds – African Blackwood Gibson Chanter

Smallpipes in A with 1 drone = E (not A!)

I loan out my smallpipes to students, at least I have recently, so they can get used to the mechanics before playing the big pipes. I got a set back a few days ago and stuck a drone in (tenor) but it tuned to E not A. So I went with it! Here is me playing Hector the Hero, Sleep Dearie Sleep, and Humours of Ballyloughlin (sp?). Note: you have to sharpen the high G for it to sound good (I think, so I did, though I didn’t have an A drone to compare it to). Needless to say, my smallpipes are ‘composites’ of components from a couple of sets of Ray Hughes smallpipes…clickhere.mp3

Peace, Patrick McLaurin

Bagpipe Setup = Ray Hughes Smallpipe in A – Ray Hughes Drone Reed – Ray Hughes Chanter with Walsh D Reed with lots of tape because I should have bought an A Reed!