Cornish Folk Tradition: Songs Music Dance and Associated Customs
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Cornish Bagpipes

Bagpipes have been part of Cornish folklore since time immemorial but the Celtic revival of the twentieth century has encouraged use of the instrument both ceremonially and as a sympathetic medium for our traditional music. This is especially the case for older tunes which have that modal feel and  a resonance with the musical traditions of our fellow Celts in Brittany and Wales. Some of these tunes together with more modern compositions for Cornish pipers can be found on the Cornish tune page.

The Cornish bagpipes themselves lost out to other musical fashions at some time in the seventeenth century but have been ably revived by makers such as Julian Goodacre. The Cornish Bagpipe has a double chanter and a haunting, charistmatic sound.

Cornish tunes arranged for bagpipes. Today the Cornish Bagpipe is joined by other instruments from Celtic piping tradition. Click the link for examples of arrangements for different types of pipes

Cornish Bagpipes: Roots and Revival: The story of the Cornish Pipes, the historical record and revival

Post Modern Bagpipes: Presentation to Cornish Music Symposium, Tremough Campus Exeter university.

For downloadable MP3 files of Cornish Bagpipes follow these links: Pyba , Pibrek which will take you to the the Kesson website. See our online shop for books and packs about Cornish Bagpipes.

Altarnon Piper Braddock Pig Piper St Austell Piper Launceston Piper Cornish Pipes Cornish Piper Cornish Pipes Cornish Piper
Altarnon
St Braddock
St Austell
Launceston
Davidstow
Altarnon Cornish Pipes made by Chris Bayley
Altarnon Cornish Pipes made by Julian Goodacre
The piper in the Play -Bodmin Guizers
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