Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Gathering - February 26th, 2017

The February Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society will feature Arle Lommel, performing on various Hungarian bagpipes and the hurdy-gurdy.

We are lining up several smaller performances for the meeting's first 75 minutes. A schedule of events will be updated to this page.

About the Performer: Arle Lommel obtained his doctorate in folklore for Indiana University in 2010. His dissertation focused on the revival of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdies in Hungary in the late twentieth century. He will demonstrate two types of Hungarian bagpipes: a northern type with a double-bored chanter and a southern, bellows-blown type, with a triple-bored chanter. He will also demonstrate the Hungarian hurdy-gurdy and talk about the connection between it and bagpipes in Hungary.

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, February 26th
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

January 2017 Gathering Notes

Performers of the January 2017 Gathering, Left to Right:
Chris Figland, Angus Martin, Siddharth Bhaskar, Chris Eller, Mary Jean Holwager

The Bloomington Pipers' Society kicked off the new year with a new space at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, and with a bit of Irish piping and whistle! Our featured performer was Siddharth Bhaskar, uilleann piper and tin whistle player, filled out by some smallpipes by Angus Martin, highland pipes by Chris Eller, and a practice chanter demonstration by Chris Figland, Chris Eller, Angus Martin, and Mary Jean Holwager.

Our local piper Angus Martin began the evening's music with several sets on his set of Nate Banton smallpipes. He played first a medley of tunes modeled on the classic pipe band medley format; hornpipe, strathspeys, reels, slow air, and jig. From there he played a favorite waltz and jigs set of his featuring the tunes Sailing Solo on the Minnow, The Kitchenmaid, and Geese in the Bog. After taking some questions about the instrument, he performer by request the Cabar Feidh march followed by the strathspey version of the same tune.

Siddharth Bhaskar on the Uilleann pipes
Angus was followed by piper Chris Eller who performed on the highland pipes a set made up of a 3/4 March and Slow Air. The tunes were I See Mull and The Skye Boat Song. Chris took questions about the instrument, as we had a large number of newcomers at our gathering! He received questions ranging from the instrument's history to its construction.

The evening's featured performer followed Chris. Siddharth alternated sets between the Uilleann pipes and the Irish tin whistle. Siddharth performed sets from different regional styles in Ireland, from the west coast to the northern coasts near Scotland. To the delight of experienced pipers and newcoming audience members, he detailed the features of the instrument, and discussed with members of the audience the differences between the other two types of bagpipes seen throughout the evening. He performed hornpipes, airs, slip jigs, hop jigs, highlands, and reels. After the main portion of the evening, he showed piper Angus Martin the instrument, and had him try out jumping up to the second octave, which Angus' native instrument is unable to do.

The evening concluded with a performance by four of the Society's highland pipers demonstrating on practice chanter the tune Green Hills of Tyrol together.

The Society meets again at St. Thomas Lutheran Church on February 26, 2017.

Chris Eller on the Great Highland Bagpipe

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Gathering - January 22nd, 2017

Welcome to the first gathering of 2017! This gathering is host to several firsts for the Bloomington Pipers' Society:
  • We're now gathering on the 4th Sunday of the month
  • We're now gathering at St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • We're now an official entity (Bloomington Pipers' Society, Inc.)
  • We're hosting our first Uilleann piper at a gathering
  • We also hope that you'll join us for your first time at a Pipers' Society gathering!

Featured Guest

Our guest on the Uilleann pipes this month is Siddharth Bhaskar. Siddharth is a visiting professor of Mathematics at IU and Irish musician. He started on the tin whistle at the age of 13 then started learning the Uilleann pipes in Los Angeles at the age of 22. His training began with the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. We're glad that he will be introducing the Uilleann pipes to us here in Bloomington.

Please plan to join us:
  • Sunday, January 22nd
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (3rd and Smith Road)