Historically, the bagpipes are thought to be first traced back to pre-medieval times, possibly as far back as 1,300 BC. There are clues to their existence at these times both in texts and pictures. The pipes stand in famed company in history with many believing that Nero of the Roman Empire was a fan and player of the pipes. More solid evidence of their existence appears more frequently after 1000 AD. Appearing in the UK in Pictures and texts such as The Canterbury Tales of 1380.
Piob means “a pipe” in Scottish and pìob mhór means “a bagpipe” in Scottish, pronouced “peep vore.”
Most of us won’t make it past the traditional Gaelic pronunciations of the Great Highland Bagpipes For those who choose to pick up the Pipes and enter the uniquely complex and challenging world of becoming a “Piobaire”, that is just a tiny crack at the door of the journey to mastery. Want to learn to play? Find out more here.
Solo Piping & Drumming Competition
Solo Piping or Drumming and Band Competitions allow the Musicians to show off their skill, talent and passion for the Pipes & Drums as this ancient and mysterious tradition comes alive at the Festival on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Make a point of stopping by and cheering on your favorites…well, maybe just smile and wave; it’s not like they’ll hear you!