Most folk would say that the instrument of the angels is the harp. But for the some it is the bagpipes, and this photo from the Thistle Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland, offers proof.
Most English folk such as myself associate the instrument with Scotland, the land of highlands and lowlands, of haggis, kilts, whisky and marching bands which parade loudly as they puff and wheeze their Great Highland Bagpipes through small town main streets, and come to Jakarta for the annual Highland Gathering.
I did know of the Irish uilleann pipes, and that Brittany, the Celtic area of north-west France has its own sets (cf. Alan Stivell). What I hadn’t realised was that the instrument is very widespread and most generally played as a folk instrument. I have yet to know of the instrument ever being played in Indonesia, but it is quite possible that a Portuguese sailor or trader in search of spices brought a set here. After all, kroncong has its roots in Portuguese music and is similar to fado, even though the name refers to a ukulele-like instrument which goes kronchong-chong- chong.
I am assiduous in compiling my … erm … compilations but this one proved a little more difficult. I could have included several tracks in which bagpipes are used to supply a background drone, but I figure that for a fuller flavour my selection shows most of them in a non-traditional setting.
Such as jazz ….
Tracks (‘Guest’ pipers are named in parentheses)
01. Alan Stivell – Ar Gelted Kozh (The Ancient Celts)
02. Pan-Ra – Shiva (Csaba Koncz)
03. Jah Wobble & Evan Parker – Passage To Hades (Jean-Pierre Rasle)
04. Kate Bush – The Sensual World (Davey Spillane)
05. Kathryn Tickell & The Side – Penguin Notes
06. Penguin Café – Landau (Kathryn Tickell)
07. Davy Spillane Band – River Of Gems