Lowland Bagpipes in Bb
Grainger & Campbell, Glasgow, Scotland

The Scottish Lowland bagpipes, popular in the lowlands of Scotland from 1750 to about 1850, are bellows blown, with three drones in one stock, and had a softer sound than the Highland Pipes. Lowland pipes are sometimes called Border Pipes, but there is much controversy over this term. They were popular throughout the Lowlands of Scotland, which includes most of the North-Eastern coast. The last pocket of Lowland piping was to be found, about 1900, in the Highlands in Aberdeenshire. To some, the terms are interchangeable and to others, there is a difference. Indeed this particular set of pipes is a bit closer to the Great Highland Pipes in sound, and they use slightly altered Highland reeds. The Border Pipe of today has a sound much more mellow than that of the Highland Pipes and could indeed be described sonically as between the Highland Pipes and the Small Pipes.

Lowlands or Borders?
spacer In Poor Man's Fortune, I usually play Breton music with these pipes in duet with the Bb bombarde. Sort of a scaled-down version of the Breton Bagadoù. George Grainger and Neil Campbell founded their business in 1946. Their bagpipes and chanters were very highly respected and enjoyed great popularity in the 1960's and early 1970's. The business closed in 1989.

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