to the Border Pipe
was a bagpipe that was played in Lowland Scotland and in Northumberland during
the 18th and 19th centuries, that is, from Newcastle to Aberdeen. Unlike many
bagpipes that are being "revived" today, there is no doubt that it existed!
Museum examples are plentiful, particularly in Scotland and the north of England.
The celebrated Northumbrian piper James
Allan is known to have played it. Although a casual resemblance to the Highland
bagpipe seems to pertain, both instruments having conical chanters , a bag and
drones, there are important differences: the Border pipes are usually bellows-blown,
the drones issue from a common stock and there are no particular problems with
reeds as they operate within a moisture-free environment. Other differences are
the chromatic nature of the chanter, the approachable volume, and the repertoire,
which overlaps with the older music for (keyless) Northumbrian pipe. With a natural
partner in the fiddle, it has been widely taken up by Scottish folk groups. Present-day
exponents of the instrument includeMatt
Seattle and Rory Campbell. People
wishing to take up the Border pipe will find printed tutors available, an increasing
number of makers, and non-standard playing styles that vary agreeably according
to musical circumstances.
Border pipes are credited on the CD "Sheaf and Knife" and feature on
the first track "Burning of Auchindoon" which may be heard here
instruments are individually hand-made from finest materials.
drone arrangements are bass and two tenors, or bass tenor and alto.
and Border tunes can be played on these instruments.
A or Bb.
Cane or synthetic reeds
reeds available now please enquire.
pipe plays at a little over smallpipe pressure.
notes: Cnat, Fnat, D#, G#
Yew, Palisander (Rosewood),
African Blackwood, Castello Box.
Black Horn, Box, Artificial Ivory.
Box, Horn, Brass, Silver.
HREF="Documents and Settings/John/My Documents/STE-14mp3>>'Oyster Wife's
Rant' from Peacock's Tunes, transposed down a tone. Send a request via ema
Antique style Border
or Palisander with boxwood fittings.
Acid-stained or natural finish
style (no.2), based on an instrument in Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, £900
Bellows £200 with pipes £150 with French polish + £40
pipe can be mouthblown: £850
style Border pipe
on the style of MacDougall of Aberfeldy, set shown is in stained laburnum and
Drones A, a and
Highland fingering characteristic of the Northumberland 'Half-long' pipe.
style £980 mouthblown, £1100 with bellows.
Style' Border Pipes
on instruments made in 2010.
Yew and Boxwood
style £950.00 includes bellows
made for Border Pipe, Northumbrian
small pipe, Scottish smallpipe, Cornemuse du centre in G
reasons of practicality loan of the chanter is requested during the reedmaking.
be careful with the reeds!