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July 13 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

The evening of July 13 is our July Pub Night!

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

The Bloomington Pipers’ Society Pub Nights are for pipers looking to play some music together, session musicians interested in Scottish music, non-players interested in learning, and public audiences who want something a bit different to do on a Friday night!

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

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June 7, 2019 Meet Notes

The second half of the evening featured session tunes.

Summer is in full swing in Bloomington, Indiana, and that means the Bloomington Pipers’ Society is outside on the patio of the Runcible Spoon! Five musicians – one piper, one chanter learner, two drummers, and a guitarist came out, alongside some enthusiastic audience members to enjoy some tunes on a lovely sunny day in the low-80s. All in all, 8 diners watched, while folks inside listened, and passerbys hung around throughout the night to listen to some pipes, drums, and guitar.

In the first part of the evening piper Angus broke out the big pipes and played a few sets spaced out across the first hour – mainly upbeat dance tunes, but also tunes including “Hector the Hero” and a set of 4/4 Marches for a visitor on a trip through Bloomington from Portland, Oregon to New York City. Bodhran players Jeanie and Lois accompanied Angus on all sets on the big pipes. Angus and Joe demonstrated the practice chanter to some curious guests. Closing out for the last half hour of music, all performers played together on smallpipes and other instruments while guests had dinner.

The next Pub Night will be held on July 12, 2019 at 6PM. They are held until 8PM. Some full sized drums may be in attendance, along with pipers. The evening will be mostly the same format – bigger and louder instruments early on, and winding down to smallpipes and session instruments later in the evening.

If you’re a piper and interested in coming out, take a look at our set tunes list for suggested tunes to bring to play along!

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June 7 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

The evening of June 7 is our June Pub Night!

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

The Bloomington Pipers’ Society Pub Nights are for pipers looking to play some music together, session musicians interested in Scottish music, non-players interested in learning, and public audiences who want something a bit different to do on a Friday night!

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

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March 8, 2019 Meet Report

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!

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March 8 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

One week before St Patrick’s Day, we’re hosting our March Pipers’ Society Pub Night! The weather looks to be poor on Friday, so we’ll be inside on smallpipes and other session instruments. Come on out for a great time!

We’ll be starting at 6:00PM and will go until 8PM.

We have a set list for musicians as a general guide, but it by no means is meant to restrict what music folks can play. Send us an email at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for copies!

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February 8 Pub Night at the Runcible Spoon!

Come out to the Runcible Spoon in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of Scottish sessioning! Due to the cold temperatures of winter, we’ll be inside on the quieter smallpipes. If you’ve got smallpipes, come out and join us, and if you have other instruments bring them along and join us! If you don’t have any instruments, just come on out for some good food, drink, and company.

Festivities start at 6:00PM and will run until 8PM.

Pipers, the session set list is below. For settings, please email bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com:

Amazing Grace

Skye Boat Song

Highland Laddie

Barren Rocks of Aden

High Road to Gairloch

Mairi’s Wedding

Green Hills of Tyrol

Battle’s O’er

Balmoral

Scotland the Brave

Rowan Tree

Wings

Bonnie Dundee

Glendaruel Highlanders

Battle of the Somme

Heights of Dargai

Paddy’s Leather Breeches

Glasgow City Police Pipers

Paddy Be Easy

Loudon’s Bonnie Woods & Braes

Aspen Bank

The Piper of Drummond

Jock Wilson’s Ball

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November 2 Pub Night at Danny Boy Draft Works!

The fun continues with another Bloomington Pipers’ Society pub session at Danny Boy Draft Works IU in Bloomington! Come out with your pipes (or your ears!) and enjoy some music, a pint, and some food.

Pipers will have a session set list to start things off, but folks can play whatever they want beyond that. Below is the October set list. Pipers are welcome to hop in and out for tunes they know.

  • Scotland the Brave
  • Wings/Rowan Tree/Bonnie Galloway
  • Green Hills/Battle’s Over
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Oft in a Stilly Night/Rocking the Baby/Paddy’s Leather Breeches
  • March of the High King of Laois
  • Pub Night will be at Danny Boy Draft Works IU located at 208 S Dunn St in Bloomington starting at 6:00PM.

    In the event of poor weather, we will be playing quieter pipes – Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann, and others.

    Please email bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com if you’d like copies of the music.

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    October 19 Pub Night at Danny Boy Draft Works!

    The Bloomington Pipers’ Society is kicking off its fall season with a pub session at Danny Boy Draft Works IU in Bloomington! Come out with your pipes (or your ears!) and enjoy some music, a pint, and some food.

    Pipers will have a session set list to start things off, but folks can play whatever they want beyond that. Below is the October set list. Pipers are welcome to hop in and out for tunes they know.

  • Scotland the Brave/Wings
  • Green Hills/Battle’s Over
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Oft in a Stilly Night/Rocking the Baby/Paddy’s Leather Breeches
  • Piper of Drummond/Jock Wilson’s Ball
  • Pub Night will be at Danny Boy Draft Works IU located at 208 S Dunn St in Bloomington starting at 6:00PM.

    In the event of poor weather, we will be playing quieter pipes – Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann, and others.
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    May Gathering – May 6, 2018

    The May Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society will take place on May 6, 2018! This is the last gathering before the summer season, so come on out.
    The meeting’s first hour will be headed up by Angus Martin, giving a piobaireachd mini-workshop. The tune which will be reviewed is Clan Campbell’s Gathering. Angus will also be providing a crash-course in piobaireachd embellishments, the Piobaireachd Society notation, and piobaireachd construction. Always wanted to learn a bit of piobaireachd, but always have been intimidated, or simply never had the opportunity? Come on out!
    The second hour we’ll play through the Pipers’ Society set tunes which we have already covered since December, and will have the opportunity for individuals and groups to play their performing and competition sets for the summer.
    The tunes we’ll play through:
    • Skye Boat Song
    • Oft in a Stilly Night
    • Rocking the Baby
    • Dawning of the Day
    • Minstrel Boy
    • Kelly the Boy from Killane
    • Atholl Highlanders (4 parts)
    We hope to see you on May 6!
    • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
    • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
      • Enter through the west end doors
    • Sunday, May 6th
    • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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    March Gathering – March 11th, 2018

    The March Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society will take place on March 11, 2018!
    In our first hour we’ll be doing tune recaps and walking through two new tunes! The new tunes will be Minstrel Boy, and Kelly the Boy From Killane. Grade 1 piper and FTPB pipe sergeant Angus Martin will lead the tune walk-through session. This portion will run from 4:00PM to 5:00PM.
    At 5:00PM, Dr. John Holcombe will be running a mini-workshop on the use of water manometers for blowing control and tone training. If you already have a water manometer, bring it alone! Otherwise, John will have 5 additional manometers available for use. This workshop is free.
    Music will be provided for the tune session, and instructions and directions to build your own water manometer will be provided for the workshop.
    • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
    • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
      • Enter through the west end doors
    • Sunday, March 11th
    • 4:00 – 6:00pm