1st International Bagpipe Conference - James Beaton - Noting the Tradition: Collecting the Oral History of the Great Highland Bagpipe Wed, 2013-03-27 20:20

Noting the Tradition: Collecting the Oral History of the Great Highland Bagpipe

ABSTRACT

Noting the Tradition: Collecting the Oral History of the Great Highland Bagpipe

James Beaton

This paper will give an account of ?Noting the Tradition?, a project run by the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The paper will outline the aims behind the project, focusing on its brief to collect the oral heritage of the Great Highland Bagpipe, and to make this available via the internet. The paper will also outline the heritage benefits to be gained by the individuals taking part in the project.

The paper will also give an account of the oral history work undertaken to date by various organisations such as the School of Scottish Studies, and notably BBC Scotland. The Centre holds a collection of sound archives from the BBC which includes recordings of many of the major figures of Highland piping, which are a rich resource for the recent history of the instrument as seen through the eyes of the player community.

The paper will also outline the Centre?s thinking behind setting up the project and will refer to the Centre?s own effort in this are prior to the establishment of the project, and will give an account of some of the historical, cultural and musical themes which can be elucidated from the interviews themselves.

The paper will conclude by reporting on progress with the project to date at the time of the conference, and will report on themes emerging from the interview process.