11 comments on “Ever hear bagpipes playing hard rock, like AC/DC? Check out the “Bad Piper”, Mr. Cam McAzie…:)

  1. I would definitely want him in my clan. That is amazing; you can understand why the English classed the bagpipes as a weapon of war after 1746 and banned the playing of them on pain of death.

      • It’s TRUE Thomas, the noise they made scared the English Knights horses and made the footsoldiers crap themselves with fear, PLUS, the KILT was banned because it was associated with the wild savages of the Highlands who fought like Beserkers (look that one up too Thomas, Beserkers were vikings)

  2. Hmmm,it seems an ambiguous area. After the battle of Culloden the British government banned the wearing of tartan, kilts, and the carrying of weapons. It has always been understood in the Highlands that the bagpipes were banned as well,but it seems Wilkipedia isn’t so sure. Certainly the British regarded the bagpipes as an instrument of war,and every clan who went into battle did so with the pipes playing warlike tunes.
    There’s a famous story of a piper walking up and down one of the British beaches on D-Day. All around him men were falling but he seemed to be leading a charmed life. Afterwards they asked German prisoners why they hadn’t shot the piper. The Germans tapped their heads and said ‘Dumkopf’. They thought he was insane.

    • They were right 🙂
      Personally, I love their sound. But I can imagine the consternation of any army who hears many of them playing in harmony, as the music echoes over the hills. It would have to be daunting, at best.

  3. Here at our local museum can be seen a set of bagpipes that were played at the battle of Culloden in 1746. They were found on the battlefield, so the piper clearly didn’t survive.

    • I’d have to say. No one who has the courage to march dead into a battle without weaponry is going to run. Don’t believe that’s in a Scotsman’s makeup anyway, is it….
      That’s one of the allures that Europe holds, in general…such rich history. We have a lot here, but it only goes back 400 years…

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