"Bagpipes Do Grow On Trees"

2008
Jan
7

From the “Well, I can’t make this stuff up” Department:

Bagpipes a threat to the environment (and we’re not talking noise pollution) from scotsman.com, so you have to believe it.

Money Quotes:
“Scots are being asked to fund the planting of “bagpipe trees”…”
“…African Blackwood, which proved to be far more resilient and produced a sweeter sound.” (compared to what?)
And the non-sequitorial closing line:
“The pipes were outlawed as an “instrument of war” after the Hanoverian forces crushed the Jacobites at Culloden in 1746.”

It seems to be suggested that other woodwinds – clarinets, oboes, bassoons – are also contributing to the depletion of the African Blackwood, but the bagpipe’s rather jellyfish-like design means more wooden pipes per instrument. Still, if the bagpipe is actually more popular than other woodwinds, well, I despair for the state of Music.

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