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April 10 Pub Night!

Join us for a night of bagpipe music and good company at the Runcible Spoon! All are welcome – listeners, friends, musicians. Don’t have a bagpipe? That’s fine. Bring out whatever instrument you have and play along.

Pub Night starts at 6:00PM and continues through to 8:00PM.

Highlighted BPS Set Tunes this month are:

Skye Boat Song
Drops of Brandy

Want copies of our set tunes? Join us today!

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March 6 Pub Night!

Our Monthly Pub Night is back at the Runcible Spoon March 6th!

Join us at 6PM at the Runcible Spoon for some pipe music, 11 days before St. Patrick’s Day! We’ll be on our smallpipes and other session instruments to kick off the early days of spring, with a focus on the more Irish end of our repertoire.

The tunes from our Set List we’ll be focusing on are:

March of the High King of Laois
Paddy Be Easy

Want copies of our set tunes? Join us today!

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February 23 Beginner’s Circle!

Our second Beginner’s Circle will take place on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00pm at the St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Indiana.

Our Beginner’s Circle series is by beginners, for beginners. A core part of the Society’s mission is education and bringing up new pipers, and the Beginner’s Circle is meant as a place for those who have mastered the fundamentals and are onto learning their first tunes to get together, talk about their challenges, swap ideas on how to overcome tough spots, and show off what they are working on.

This month’s Beginner’s Circle session will feature a fingerwork focus on gracenotes.

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February 7 Pub Night at Runcible Spoon!

The Pipers’ Society is back for its monthly pub night on February 7!

At 6PM we’ll be taking over the Runcible Spoon for a bit of piping. Bring friends and family to enjoy the evening with us, and an appetite for the food and drink the Spoon provides! If you’re a piper, we have a basic list of tunes you can prepare so you can play along – email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for that list. We welcome musicians of all stripes to come by and see what we can do to play together. The pipers are always up for a bit of a challenge!

For members, featured tunes we’ll be checking in on from our set list are:

Highland Cathedral
Orange and Blue

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November 8 Pub Night at Runcible Spoon!

The June 2019 Pub Night

The Pipers’ Society is back for its monthly pub night on November 8!

At 6PM we’ll be taking over the Runcible Spoon for a bit of piping. Bring friends and family to enjoy the evening with us, and an appetite for the food and drink the Spoon provides! If you’re a piper, we have a basic list of tunes you can prepare so you can play along – email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for that list. We welcome musicians of all stripes to come by and see what we can do to play together. The pipers are always up for a bit of a challenge!

If the weather proves too chilly to be outside on the patio, we’ll be in the Spoon’s front room on smallpipes and quieter instruments.

Bring your friends to enjoy some good music!

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October 4 Pub Night Recap

BPS October 2019 Musicians. Photo by Shelby Fletcher

On October 4 the Pipers’ Society hosted what is likely to be its last outdoor pub night of 2019, as winter weather is sure to start rolling in by November. The weather for this meet was perfect, starting in the low 70s and dropping into the 60s as the evening wore on.

The Pub Night featured 12 musicians – 7 bagpipes, 2 tenor drummers, and 3 chanter learners – one of our largest turnouts of pipers to date. The group also featured gender parity – 6 of he musicians present were women. In all, one piper joined a large ensemble for the first time today, two joined their first Pipers’ Society meeting, and one made their performance debut of any type on the chanter today.

Performances ranged from piping duets to full ensembles, as well as smallpipe performances, Galician gaita, practice chanter, and border shepherd pipes, most accompanied by tenor drum.

With the end of the year coming, chances are good that this was our last outdoor pub night. We’ll be back next month regardless on November 8 – if the nights are too cold, we’ll be on our quieter smallpipes! We hope to see you then.

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Pub Nights Announced through April

The Bloomington Pipers’ Society has scheduled with the Runcible Spoon its monthly bagpipe pub nights through April! All of our pub nights run from 6PM to 8PM, at the Runcible Spoon at 412 East 6th Street in Bloomington, Indiana. The Spoon is pretty intimate as a space, so when the weather is poor we’ll be indoors on session instruments and quieter bagpipes.

October 4, 2019

November 8, 2019

December 13, 2019

January 10, 2020

February 7, 2020

March 6, 2020

April 10, 2020


The Society is also in talks with folks regarding several outreach nights in and near Bloomington. Keep an eye out here for announcements!
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October 4 Pub Night at Runcible Spoon!

Smallpipes and drum pad at the September 2019 Pub Night

The Bloomington Pipers’ Society welcomes fall on October 4 for another installment of our monthly Pub Nights!

Come by the Runcible Spoon at 6PM for some bagpipe music, food and drink, and fun people. If you’re a piper, email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for our set tunes list to get in on the fun. We welcome Scottish pipe band drummers, session musicians, and players of other bagpipes to all of our sessions. With the summer winding down the weather may risk being too rough for being out on the patio – if that’s a problem we’ll be inside in the front room!

Bring your friends to enjoy some good music!

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September 7 Pub Night at Runcible Spoon!

The evening of September 7 is our September Pub Night!

Come by the Runcible Spoon at 6PM for some bagpipe music, food and drink, and fun people.

We’re hosting another Saturday pub night here as the summer winds down! Have some out of town friends (or pipers) you’d like to invite out? This is just the event for that. Pipers, fans, and other musicians are welcome to join in with us.

If you are a piper, email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for our set tunes list.

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Fourth Street Arts Festival 2019

A group of performers with the Bloomington Pipers’ Society put on a show at the Fourth Street Arts Festival on August 31, 2019. The Fountain Trust Pipe Band Drum Major Doug Weisheit joined pipers from three different bands – the Fountain Trust Pipe Band, the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums, and the Greater Midwest Pipe Band – in giving a 30-minute demonstration of Scottish pipe band music, and showcasing different types of bagpipes.

Piper Clancy Clements gave a performance on the the gaita galega and provided a bit of information about the history of the bagpipe as a class of musical instrument. Angus Burke performed several dance tunes on the Scottish smallpipes, explaining the difference between the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes and the smallpipes. The full group of five pipers gave performances of classic bagpipe band tunes and aires.

The Bloomington Pipers’ Society aims to provide these sorts of educational performances in addition to its monthly bagpipe social nights at the Runcible Spoon, and we are pleased with the program we gave.