Seven days ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, the Bloomington Pipers’ Society rolled out another of its monthly Pub Nights at the Runcible Spoon Restaurant. The weather is beginning to warm up in Southern Indiana, but still not quite suitable for the big pipes, so we were inside on smallpipes and other instruments for a bit of Scottish sessioning.
On this particular pub night, we were joined by seven musicians – three pipers, two chanter learners, a guitarist, and a fiddler. All told, thirty people came out to have a drink, eat some food, and listen to some Scottish tunes.
The BPS Set Tunes list is beginning to see some use at the gatherings as folks work those tunes up to performing level, this month featured some of the jigs on the list. Chanter learner Joe got the chance to play on a goose pipe (just the bag, blowpipe, and chanter) along with Marc and Angus on a run of Auld Lang Syne – his first performance of a tune in public.
The next Pub Night will be held on April 12, 2019 at the Runcible Spoon from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. If weather serves well, there may be some tunes on the big pipes on the patio early in the session. If not, it’ll be once again on the smallpipes indoors!