Thursday, July 19, 2012


A couple posts back I mentioned the pìobaireachd, which is the classical music of bagpipes.
Traditionally it is done by a solo piper, but because I wanted to make sure that I got a good quality rendition to share on here I went for a band I know well, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (SFU). So without further ado, here is SFU playing a pìobaireachd.

And yes, the guy was directing the band with his foot. And they started singing at the end! Traditionally pìobaireachd has been taught by singing. Pìobaireachd sung is called canntaireachd, and I think I want to learn it.

A lot of people don't like pìobaireachd, and it's said that it's an acquired taste. But I've always liked it. Which may be a good thing becuase it's something that Tall One has tended to be particularly good at.

SFU, by the way, took third at the world competition last year, but was consistently taking first for a few years before that. They're one of the top, and they're right here in my backyard practically. :)


Debra She Who Seeks said...

It takes a lot of soul to play pìobaireachd -- I love these classical laments! But I never knew they were taught by singing -- how fascinating! Sarita, how is "canntaireachd" pronounced -- can you give me a phonetic rendition?

Toriz said...

I like it!

I'm not so sure the dogs did though. Willow currently has her head hidden under the scatter cushions on the sofa, and Kero is behind me on the armchair with one ear up and the other flat to his head (which is what he does when he's not sure what to make of something).

Sarita Rucker said...

Debra -- I had to go elsewhere to figure out how to write it out phonetically, and if you do a search you'll find different pronunciations. Weird! But how my brother says it is: canterrock.

Tori -- Oh well. Poor dogs. My parents have a cat (Socks) who doesn't like music. :)

Toriz said...

Poor socks!

The dogs don't ind most kinds of music, they just apparently weren't keen on this kind, LOL!