20. A Ramble through the Archives Looking at Harpers and Pipers
by Keith Sanger
Music is about sound, but before the invention of recording devices there is no way of accurately hearing the sounds of the past. The early history of music in Scotland is therefore more about the musicians and the instruments than about the sounds. But even at that, so little is really known that a great deal is made of popular images such as a kilted player of the ‘Highland Bagpipe’. This talk will attempt to show how small corrections and additions to that knowledge can be found among the wider archival sources.
Image caption: A nuanced carving of a harp, St Comgan’s Chapel, Glendale, Skye
About the speaker
Keith Sanger is a retired clinical perfusionist from Edinburgh, and has been studying the historical background of the harps and bagpipes of Scotland and Ireland for close to fifty years.
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