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Bagpipes: A Musical Interlude

Part 3 in the St. Pat's day festivities.

I'm not going to offer you the obligatory U2 today. Just not gonna do it. And I don't have any other Irish music, save for one Cranberries song which I'm saving for the coming zombie infestation. No, I don't have any of that Flogging Molly stuff you kids seem to be so fond of.

But I do have some songs with bagpipes and that's as close as you'll get here. Are bagpipes Irish or Scottish? I get confused. Hey, when is St. Scottish Person Day? Then I could drag out my Big Country and Aztec Camera albums and pen odes to Groundskeeper Willie.

Ok, I found the bagpipe song and it has nothing to do with being Irish. The band is from California and except for a few good songs on their first album, they kind of suck. But it's got bagpipes and I promised you pipes.

Korn - Shoots and Ladders.

So, is Guinness a breakfast food?

Update: I told you those Leprechauns are goddamn evil!


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Bagpipes are Scottish, Uillean Pipes (sp?) are Irish. If you have Launch Cast, check out Michael McGoldrick for traditional Irish music that's been updated. Lunasa is better, but I don't think they're on Launchcast.

Harp is more of a breakfast food.

Depending on how traditional ya wanna be I've got a few groups to think about...

ANYTHING by Silly Wizard/Chieftains for the serious traditionalist.

More modern sounding Gaelic tunage: Capercaillie, Eilein Ivers(fiddle instrumental usually), Natalie McMasters(yum), Ashley McIsaac(PEI fiddle tunage..distant Scottish descent).

Is Guinness breakfast food? hehehe... I reckon that depends on the side dishes. ;)

Everything Scottish is actually Irish. Scots are just Irishmen who couldn't hack it on the island.

Okay, I confess. I've had Guinness for breakfast many times. But never when I was here in the good ol' US of A.

I'd say that Guinness is the perfect food! Breakfast lunch and dinner. But hey what do I know?

You know I'm amazed at how many Irish people don't like Guinness, I know more Italians that drink it than Irish.

My poor sainted wife had a few to many before and during the parade sunday.

Good choice on the bagpipes, I'd say more like a few good songs per album, well except for the last few, then maybe one or two.

Rob, I'm inclined to agree a bit. Peachy had a few good songs and I'm still pretty fond of Follow the Leader. But everything after that is CRAP.

What, no Pogues? Turn in your Guinness, missy.

I save the Pogues for Christmas.

Guiness may or may not be breakfast food, but remember it's good for you!

Guinness FAQt and Folklore

Hmm. Need another link to clog up your comments with... oh, I know!

Flogging Molly rulez!

If you drink Guinness in a juice glass, then it can be imbibed at breakfast. It also makes a good spread for toast. And what, no "Whiskey in the Jar" by Metallica?

I'm more of a cider gal (on tap, please.) Despite that, I can make nice black and tan (I bartended for 15 yrs before I became a full-time mommy.)

2nd Avenue style:
Black 47.
They'll kick Bono's ass and make the Edge haul their amps.

I had a friend (who is of Irish descent) play his bagpipes at my wedding. Of course, he played them on the next hill over...

I also like to drive around with my windows down blasting bagpipe music.

Bolie IV

Black 47 is a pretty nifty Irish band


Great minds...

Didn't AC/DC - Long Way to the Top (or whatever the name of the song is) have bagpipes in the solo? I seem to remember bagpipes there, somewhere.

Bagpipes per se appear to be a Celtic thing. The French and Italians have bagpipes. The Scottish bagpipes are simply the most developed, and talked about.

There was one incident in World War II in East Africa where a Northern Italian unit and a Scottish unit had an impromptu bagpipe duel.

St. Scottish Person day would be St. Andrew's Day. I'm not sure if it's a definite day but Tartan Day is April 6 in Chicago and April 10 will be the kirkin' of the tartans at my old Presbyterian church.

No Sinbad O'Connor???

Bagpipes are originally from Turkey.
And if you won't play any Pogues (frown) how about Shane McGowan and the Popes?
Or, if you're in a more "trad" mood, The Bothy Band.

What about Garbage? Shirley Manson's Irish, no?

Shirley is from Scotland

The Feast of St. Andrew is November 30. He was the first disciple of Christ, so I am not sure I understand why Scotland (or Russia) chose him as patron saint. At least Patrick lived in Ireland.

Them's fightin' words, Jim. Actually, since I'm Scots/Irish, you're just getting a taste of my inner demons. We hate everyone. Heh.

St. Patrick was a Scot, BTW.

And may I recommend the Dropkick Murphys?

Fuck U2. Do you know how much money I have given to those berks over the years?


So what's with the crappy folksingers doing Eagles covers at a supposedly Irish-themed bar? That's what I'd like to know. These people probably had never heard of Black 47.

Ack, korn, at least play somebody that can really play the pipes, like Dropkick Murphys or the Real McKenzies.


What about the Dropkick Murphys? Bagpipe abuse by a Boston punk band!

The Irish taught the Scots everything when they invaded. Highland Scots spoke a Gaelic dialect derived from Irish (there is no firm evidence that they were capable of human speech before that time). We taught them how to distill whisky. We taught them the bagpipe thing, too, but we meant it as a joke. They never caught on, and now it's too embarrassing to explain it to them.