Friday, January 30, 2004


Site Updates

I have put up .abc, .pdf, and .mov files of the tune sets of my future fiddle band, which I have tentatively named "The Devil's Tailors". Look for them at my tunes page, by following this link or clicking on the "Tunes" button on the menu bar.

I also have put up pictures of my new Scottish smallpipes, and my practice set of Uilleann pipes. Both can be seen the "Piping Info" on my piping page, by following this link or clicking on the "Piping" button on the menu bar.

Thursday, January 29, 2004


A New Toy!

The big news in the last two months is that I have purchased a set of Scottish Smallpipes from EJ Jones, the former piper for Clandestine, and now piper for The Willow Band. The pipes were of cocobolo, with a chanter in A and 4 dones: alto D, tenor A, baritone E, bass A. They're the 6th ever set of pipes EJ has made. And they sound great!

I travelled to DC over the New Year's weekend to pick up and try out the pipes on Friday, Jan 2nd. While I was there, Richard Kean (of Jiggernaut) dropped by and gave my pipes a work-out. Here are the (sometimes blurry) pictures I took from that visit:

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Here are the pics taken by Jay Ford when I came back that Sunday, and gave a fiddle lesson to EJ's friend Stephanie, while EJ worked out some kinks on my pipes. Stephanie's a violist who also plays medieval fiddle, and is interested in taking up Scottish/Irish fiddle, so I gave her a bit of a start.

When I got back to DC, the dry air wreaked havoc on the pipes and reeds, so I sent them back to EJ to be worked on. EJ has been tinkering with them for the last week or so, as well as making me a chanter in D, and I'm eagerly looking forward to playing them again! Meanwhile, these smallpipes are in the process of becoming more famous than I am, and will appear with EJ on the next Ed Miller and Wyndnwyre albums.

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