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Hawkwood of Plantagenet
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Does anyone know of any websites or suppliers that have Medieval Bagpipe music, I'm learning how to play but finding it difficult to find medieval tunes in bagpipe music

any help appreciated

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Try some of the links on Sean Jones bagpipe site:

http://jonesinstruments.co.uk/links.html

He is a medieval pipe maker, I'm sure some of these will have links to music sites.
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Sorry only just seen this thread.

Does the music need to be specifuc to the pipes, you may be restricting yourself. In medieval times most music could be adapted to play on most instruments as long as it was in the range of the instrument. You could play any general tunes that would have been suitable for the recorder, whistle, harp, shawm etc.

Lots of books available like the Jane Foster books.

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When I was but a bairn my daddy told me that listening to bagpipes causes heart attacks.

:lol:

(the man has no appreciation for the great highland pipes!)
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Really just backing up what Busy Mole has said. It wasn't until the late 16th century that pieces of music specified a particular instrument. Just look for tunes that have a 9 note range and you should be able to adapt them to play on pipes. It depends what sort of music you want to play and how period specific you want to be. Many of the Arbeau dances from the 16th century fit on pipes and are good for a beginner piper. There are some surviving medieval dance tunes that fit but many of them go outside the range of pipes - but you can always adapt them. I've done a series of music books - see another topic in this Music Forum. Get in touch with me if you want further help.

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have a look here if you want a site with irish tunes:

http://www.thesession.org/

It has a great section of tunes:

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/

and if you click on each, you get the option to see the music in sheet music or ABDetc style, as well as people's comments which often have links to musicians or other versions.

There are even links to places that have sessions!

and here is a good north east music site:

http://www.asaplive.com/FARNE/Home.cfm

a large amount of folk music links for UK based stuff:

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/martin.nail/Folkmus.htm
http://www.katetiler.co.uk
http://www.companyofartisans.co.uk
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thanks all, helpful links!

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I know this is a bit late, but we've just tracked down a book of medieval pipe music from the USA. We have 2 in stock (having sold 1 already) and we are going to be the only distributor of them in the UK.
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My daughter plays the big pipes. The first year she had them damn near put me off pipe music for life but she has since got a lot better. best of luck to you Hawk and my heart goes out to your neighbours and your loved ones.
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Not many people have issued books on medieval bagpipe music but there are two that I know of -
James Merryweather (of York Waits) - his book on bagpipe music is a must - best to contact York Waits?
Gaita (Chris Elmes) - his book on "Medieval Music" includes many tunes suitable for playing on G or D pipes. His website is www.gaita.co.uk
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