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Will you be competing at the Games this summer?

Both Ellerslie and Canmore have announced they intend to run their Highland Games this year. Will you be competing?

As a competitor, you have 2 choices: decide to not compete regardless of what the summer brings; or prepare on the assumption the entire world will be there competing against you.

We know that there are many aspects to competing well. Not only is there the technical merits, you also need to look good!

We want to help you prepare.

Whether you need new uniform or costume parts, or maintenance supplies, we have you covered.

And to help out, we are giving you a 15% discount on anything needed for competing! Use coupon HG21 between now and May 1st!

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What are you doing for Robbie Burns this year?

Normally this time of year, we would be helping people finish kitting up for their attendance at a Robbie Burns dinner.

With the restrictions in place, of course there aren’t any events this year. Just because you can’t go to a formally held event, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. There are going to be a few online events you could also attend. And if you were to dress up, you might have a gap in your wardrobe. So we’re going to help out.

Between now and January 31st, use coupon Burns2021 to save on anything that we have physically in stock. Be it a Kilt, hemp or Jig shoes.

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Save on Dream Duffel Recital Bags

How many times have you gone to a Performance, Competition or Highland Games in street clothes and had to change into your Kilt and uniform/costume? If you didn’t have a Dream Duffel Recital bag, you probably used a backpack or suit bag? And then you had to find a place to hang stuff, and other places to stuff things like Ghillies, Glens and Balmorals?

For those Dancers, Pipers, Drummers and Bandsmen that have an assortment of costumes or one with many parts; This Dream Duffel Recital bag provides not only a protective transportation solution; the included collapsible clothing rack provides a place to hang your uniform (or street clothes) when it’s time to change.

The Dream Duffel Recital bag will hold 6-9 Jazz/Ballet costumes. There is ample room for a complete Pipe Band uniform or a day’s competing worth of Highland Dance costumes.

For a limited time, save $25 off while supplies last!

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Can my bagpipes kill me like the newspaper says?

While you shouldn’t believe everything you read, should you believe the newspaper articles saying that a man died from the fungi and yeast that was living in his bagpipes making it back into his lung?

I can’t speak for that man.  I suspect he had the fungi in his lungs and blew them into his pipes rather than the other way around.  Consider:

  1. Pipers blow into their pipes, and do not breath in through the pipes (if they do they are doing it wrong).
  2. The bagpipe blowstick has a 1 way valve in it.  Why?  Because we need to breath in on a regular basis while playing.  If the air is coming back out of the blowstick the air pressure drops and the reeds stop.  Brand new beginners might suffer this for a week or two until they see their instructor next, but someone who has been playing a while certainly won’t.
  3. Most pipers are now playing hybrid or synthetic bags, so there is neither a whole bunch of leather nor the “natural” gunk in certain brands of seasoning for the fungi etc to really grow in well.  If you use a synthetic seasoning like I do (it is a petroleum jelly that you heat to a liquid) I don’t expect the fungi grows well in it.

So I would say the doctor’s reports of the cause of his death has the order of events wrong.  But if you are concerned about it, I can help you out with a new bag, new seasoning and any other bagpipe maintenance you require.

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Do you know what Victoria Day and the Bagpipes have in common?

Victoria Day is a holiday in Canada originally celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria.  Over time it has become the official birthday of the reigning sovereign of Canada.  (Parts of Scotland also celebrate the day).  In 1904 it was declared Empire Day throughout the British Empire (later renamed Commonwealth Day).

So how does this tie into the Bagpipes?  While visiting one of her nobility, Queen Victoria discovered that noble had his own piper, and she greatly liked the idea.  Shortly thereafter, the position of Piper to the Sovereign was created as a member of her household.

In honour of Victoria Day, we are pleased to offer specials on Bagpipes and bagpipe related items.  See our online shop for discounts on Bagpipe and related items!