I'm from Northumbria and prefer the pipes from over the border. Mum's family coming originally from North Northumbria (Edwin's Burgh) have a tradition of pipe-playing. Organised a piper from the Tyneside Scottish when Grandad went, as he used to be in in WW2, most emotive music ever.
When they really skirl the hair goes up on the back of the neck and you can understand how the Jocks would follow the pipes into hell and back, shagging the Devil and his wife on the way.
Magnificent instrument, wish I had learned but dad refused to let me practice in the house. But he got a pipe send-off as well.
By the way the Celts in Galicia (N/W Spain) also play the pipes, similar to the Northumbrian ones, and I believe in Britanny too.
I want to get hold of some pipe CDs any recommendations?
'...and next at the Edinburgh tattoo, we have the Band of the First battalion the South Central Fusilers performing a medley of 'Gin n Juice', 'Niggaz n Bitches' and 'Doggy Dogg World' all traditional marching songs sung by soldiers in Wellingtons Peninsula campaign...'
I'm a Londoner, parents Irish, but a number of years in the Jock Guards means I get the chills every time I hear the pipes. The Crags of Tumbledown by our Pipe Major, Jimmy Riddell can reduce me to a blubbering heap .
Mrs PMU is from the land of the bonny purple heather and hates the sound?