Sunday

Bagpiping Podcasts

This summer I started getting into podcasts. My work commute is a bit longer and I get tired of listening to the radio and my CD's. So my husband got me a car adaptor for my mp3 player and I started hunting for good bagpiping podcasts.

Like I said, I'm new to podcasts, but from what I can tell, there isn't a whole lot out there. Here's what I've found so far:

I found this one around the time of the World Pipe Band Championships. It's called Planet Pipe and features professional pipe bands, commentary, and interviews. A drawback is that their podcasts are relatively short and their archives aren't free. For under $10 a month however you can get access to their old shows. I haven't tried this yet but I probably will at some point.

One bagpiping podcast that I just started listening to is the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. So far it seems like it has a pretty good variety of music but not a ton of commentary. It's music isn't just bagpipes either, there is folk music on here as well. But also music from more well known Celtic groups like Seven Nations and Gaelic Storm.

My favorite bagpipe podcast is Wetootwaag's Podcast of Bagpipe Power put out by Jeremy Kingsbury, a piper from Bemidji, Minnesota. Although he hasn't posted a new podcast since last spring, his old podcasts are still up so there's plenty for you to listen to. One of the reasons this is my favorite is because he spends an equal amount of time talking and playing the bagpipes. He samples different kinds of Scotch in his podcasts and he talks about re-enactments he attends as well as his studies in the Ojibwe language. In terms of the music, some of it is his own piping, and some of it is from artists on myspace or his friends. Oh, and, if you didn't believe that Eye of the Tiger or Bohemian Rhapsody could be played on pipes, he will prove you wrong! I've listened to every episode and am hoping that he posts a new podcast soon!

Although I am looking for good bagpiping podcasts, if anyone out there wants to promote their own podcast or a podcast they like to listen to, feel free to comment about them. I'd love to give it a listen.

In the meantime, pipe on!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

BBC Radio Scotland (UK) has a broadcast called Pipeline. You can't podcast it but you can listen to the last shows on the Internet. If you like the Scottish brogue, don't miss it !

Piping Girl said...

Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you, BBC Radio Scotland's Pipeline is very excellent. Thanks for reminding me of it, I haven't been over there for a while. Plus, they have archives so you can get some past episodes.

The only podcast BBC Radio Scotland has is an outdoors based one which is good, but no bagpipes.

Tony Hogan said...

Hi

I spent many years of my life disliking he bagpipes intensely. Then one day I bought a guitar record by a very good guitar player called Pierre Bensusan 'Musiques'. On this album he played a very beautiful bagpipe tune. The next time I heard the bagpipes, it was like the first time I'd evr heard them properly...and they sounded beautiful

TH

Piping Girl said...

Thanks for the comment Tony, Pierre Bensusan sounds interesting, I'll have to check him out.

 
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