I began playing celtic music several years ago after getting involved in historic reenacting with my two sons in Boy Scouts.
I started out with the penny whistle and taught myself to play several tunes. After this I began collecting and learning many different celtic instruments.
Some of the instruments I built myself. I purchased a very inexpensive bagpipe (something I don't recommend anyone do) and began the long task of making the pipes playable.
It required a total rebuild to accomlish this, but they perform well now. It took a good bit of time, and much suffering for my family to teach myself to play.
When I had learned several tunes I began playing in public. (The first was Amazing Grace). I have had the privelege of playing in many different venues.
Along with the weddings and funerals I have done many programs for churches, schools, parties, civic organizations, and am involved in many living history events throughout the year.
I collected the proper attire for formal events and the historic eras that I re-enact. It is a real joy to play the bagpipes and I strive to improve in both technique and repertoire.
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