Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Gathering - December 20th, 2015

Keith Jeffers pipes
For our December gathering, we are pleased to present Keith Jeffers, a piper and bagpipe maker living in Evansville, Indiana. He will be presenting his craft at the gathering this month, giving pipers and the public the opportunity to speak with someone who makes pipes, and see the steps an instrument goes through from billet of wood to the magnificent instrument all are familiar with.

Keith has visited the piper’s society before, and has assisted pipers in the Bloomington area to fix damaged instruments. For the past several years, he has also been developing drone reeds of various materials and designs. The Society is honored to host him.

This month’s featured piobaireachd will be performed by Jacob Schrader. He will play the piobaireachd The Lament for Donald of Laggen.

Non-IU parking in blue

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Gathering - November 15th, 2015

For our November meeting of the Bloomington Pipers Society, we are pleased to present two of the members of the Bloomington European folk group Daily Bread and Butter – Clancy Clements and Svetla Vladeva. The third member, Tomas Lozano, who plays hurdy gurdy was unable to make it. Daily Bread & Butter performs a variety of European traditional dance music, with Clancy Clements on a variety of bagpipes and whistles, and Svetla Vladeva on the accordion. This month we are hosting Clancy and Svetla.

Clancy has performed at several of our gatherings in the past, including our first one in January 2015 with Tomas Lozano, seen pictured above. This will be Svetla’s first appearance at the Bloomington Pipers Society.

Sunday, November 15th
4:00PM to 6:00PM
800 N Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN

This is Indiana University property, so parking can be fun and exciting. If you have an IU parking permit, you probably already know the rules. If you do not have an IU parking permit, please park on one of the street spots or in one of the five spots in the parking lot marked ST.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Gathering - October 25th

Come join us Sunday, October 25th from 4PM to 6PM at our new location! This will be our first gathering of the 2015-2016 year, and we will be providing bottled water and a some snacks. We are no longer located at Noodles & Company. Our new location is an entire building, so we do not need to be worried about making too much noise, so we can now have ensemble performances. Bring your friends and family down to listen to and share some music!
  • Sunday, October 25th
  • 4:00PM to 6:00PM
  • 800 N Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN
Parking at this location is on Indiana University property, and as a result is subject to their permit system. Below is a map (in blue) of space which are open during the weekends. There is also a parking available a few blocks away in Downtown Bloomington. If you have an A or C permit with the university, there are spots available in the lot of our new location.


Special thanks goes out to our new hosts at the Indiana University Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology for allowing us to use their space for our future events.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July Gathering - July 25th (Saturday)

Come join us in the open air of Bloomington's RCA Park shelter for our July gathering. Make picnic of it and bring some snacks or food for lunch and bagpipes.

Pipers and friends/family are more than welcome to come join us and play any tunes you know. We have a shelter reserved (and we filed for a noise permit) so we can gather and play rain or shine!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

June Gathering - June 13th (Saturday)

Join us for our June Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm for fun music and good company. Please note that this gathering is on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Gathering - May 20th

Join us for our May Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for fun music and good company.

Friday, March 20, 2015

April Gathering - April 15th

Join us for our April Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for fun music and good company.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March Gathering - March 18th

Join us for our March Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for fun music and good company.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February Gathering Report

On February 18, the Bloomington Pipers’ Society held its second monthly gathering. At the time of the gathering’s start, the temperature was a frigid 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground from several days’ worth of winter storms. Never to be deterred, six lovers of the bagpipes came out to have dinner, play their pipes, and discuss the instrument which inspired them to brave the weather. Three pipers were in attendance, two of which played. There was of course dinner by the Noodles & Company, our hosts. This month’s gathering was a small but passionate crowd.

The evening’s piping was kicked off by Chris Eller on his set of John Walsh retropipes. Chris performed a set of marches on the smallpipes which he will compete with in Lexington, Kentucky at the Midwest Pipe Band Association’s regional solos qualifier there on February 21. He will be competing in Senior Novice, and will play two, 2-part 2/4 Marches; The Brown Haired Maiden and Mairi’s Wedding. This weekend in Kentucky will be Chris’ first competition on the full pipes, having competed last year on the practice chanter and on the bass drum - the latter of which he won a Champion Supreme title for.

Following Chris was Angus Martin, starting out straight to the Great Highland Bagpipe with a strathspey/reel set which he will be competing with in Lexington, Kentucky at the Grade II level. This will be Angus’ first Grade II contest, having been moved up after his very successful season in Grade III last year. In 2014, he won the Champion Supreme title for Grade III Light Music, placing in the top three in nearly every one of the 30 contests he played in.

For his strathspey/reel set he played the strathspey Dorrator Bridge, and the reel The Sound of Sleat. He followed this set with two hornpipes and two jigs; As Good As It Gets, Mr. Jack, The Kitchenmaid, and Geese in the Bog. He had a few complications in the third part of Mr. Jack, but was able to get back on track and complete the set. Once completing his HHJJ, Angus yielded the floor.

Chris playing his 2/4 march set
Chris took over briefly after that, playing his competition 2/4 marches set on the full pipes. He quickly yielded back to Angus, who played a short set of jigs - The Gaelic Conspiracy, The Foxhunter, and Cutting Bracken - while Chris saw his family off. After that the evening fell into discussion, until Chris picked the pipes back up, and played two marches, I See Mull, and Will Ye No Come Back Again.

Another piper arrived without his pipes, so he could listen and talk. Angus played again with a set of 2/4 Marches - Muir of Ord, Willie Ross’ Farewell to the 2nd Battalion Scots Guard, Haughs of Cromdale, and Campbell’s Farewell to Red Castle. Some discussion followed this, until about a quarter til 8, when Chris played his competition set one last time. The evening was rounded out by Angus playing his own competition 2/4 March for this weekend, The Crags of Sterling.


All in all, a successful evening! Thanks to all those who braved the cold, snow, and ice, and we hope to see them and more at our next gathering! The next Bloomington Pipers’ Society Gathering will be held at the same location, on March 18 - the day after St. Patrick’s Day. If you play, bring your pipes! Next month we will begin with our monthly piobaireachd, so if you know one (or several!) come swing by. 

Angus Martin 
Bloomington Pipers' Society Co-Founder


Angus plays The Crags of Sterling

Friday, January 23, 2015

February Gathering - February 18th

Join us for our February Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for fun music and good company.