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Seven days ahead of St. Patrick's Day, the Bloomington Pipers' Society rolled out another of its monthly Pub Nights at the Runcible Spoon Restaurant. The weather is beginning to warm up in Southern Indiana, but still not quite suitable for the big pipes, so we were inside on smallpipes and other instruments for a bit of Scottish sessioning.

On this particular pub night, we were joined by seven musicians - three pipers, two chanter learners, a guitarist, and a fiddler. All told, thirty people came out to have a drink, eat some food, and listen to some Scottish tunes.

The BPS Set Tunes list is beginning to see some use at the gatherings as folks work those tunes up to performing level, this month featured some of the jigs on the list. Chanter learner Joe got the chance to play on a goose pipe (just the bag, blowpipe, and chanter) along with Marc and Angus on a run of Auld Lang Syne - his first performance of a tune in public.

The next Pub Night will be held on April 12, 2019 at the Runcible Spoon from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. If weather serves well, there may be some tunes on the big pipes on the patio early in the session. If not, it'll be once again on the smallpipes indoors!
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One week before St Patrick's Day, we're hosting our March Pipers' Society Pub Night! The weather looks to be poor on Friday, so we'll be inside on smallpipes and other session instruments. Come on out for a great time!

We'll be starting at 6:00PM and will go until 8PM.

We have a set list for musicians as a general guide, but it by no means is meant to restrict what music folks can play. Send us an email at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com for copies!
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Come out to the Runcible Spoon in Bloomington, Indiana for a night of Scottish sessioning! Due to the cold temperatures of winter, we'll be inside on the quieter smallpipes. If you've got smallpipes, come out and join us, and if you have other instruments bring them along and join us! If you don't have any instruments, just come on out for some good food, drink, and company.

Festivities start at 6:00PM and will run until 8PM.

Pipers, the session set list is below. For settings, please email bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com:


Amazing Grace
Skye Boat Song
Highland Laddie
Barren Rocks of Aden
High Road to Gairloch
Mairi's Wedding
Green Hills of Tyrol
Battle's O'er
Balmoral
Scotland the Brave
Rowan Tree
Wings
Bonnie Dundee
Glendaruel Highlanders
Battle of the Somme
Heights of Dargai
Paddy's Leather Breeches
Glasgow City Police Pipers
Paddy Be Easy
Loudon's Bonnie Woods & Braes
Aspen Bank
The Piper of Drummond
Jock Wilson's Ball
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The fun continues with another Bloomington Pipers' Society pub session at Danny Boy Draft Works IU in Bloomington! Come out with your pipes (or your ears!) and enjoy some music, a pint, and some food.

Pipers will have a session set list to start things off, but folks can play whatever they want beyond that. Below is the October set list. Pipers are welcome to hop in and out for tunes they know.


  • Scotland the Brave
  • Wings/Rowan Tree/Bonnie Galloway
  • Green Hills/Battle’s Over
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Oft in a Stilly Night/Rocking the Baby/Paddy’s Leather Breeches
  • March of the High King of Laois


  • Pub Night will be at Danny Boy Draft Works IU located at 208 S Dunn St in Bloomington starting at 6:00PM.

    In the event of poor weather, we will be playing quieter pipes - Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann, and others.
    Please email bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com if you'd like copies of the music.
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    The Bloomington Pipers' Society is kicking off its fall season with a pub session at Danny Boy Draft Works IU in Bloomington! Come out with your pipes (or your ears!) and enjoy some music, a pint, and some food.

    Pipers will have a session set list to start things off, but folks can play whatever they want beyond that. Below is the October set list. Pipers are welcome to hop in and out for tunes they know.

  • Scotland the Brave/Wings
  • Green Hills/Battle’s Over
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Oft in a Stilly Night/Rocking the Baby/Paddy’s Leather Breeches
  • Piper of Drummond/Jock Wilson’s Ball

  • Pub Night will be at Danny Boy Draft Works IU located at 208 S Dunn St in Bloomington starting at 6:00PM.

    In the event of poor weather, we will be playing quieter pipes - Scottish smallpipes, Uilleann, and others.
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    The March Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society will take place on March 11, 2018!

    In our first hour we'll be doing tune recaps and walking through two new tunes! The new tunes will be Minstrel Boy, and Kelly the Boy From Killane. Grade 1 piper and FTPB pipe sergeant Angus Martin will lead the tune walk-through session. This portion will run from 4:00PM to 5:00PM.

    At 5:00PM, Dr. John Holcombe will be running a mini-workshop on the use of water manometers for blowing control and tone training. If you already have a water manometer, bring it alone! Otherwise, John will have 5 additional manometers available for use. This workshop is free.

    Music will be provided for the tune session, and instructions and directions to build your own water manometer will be provided for the workshop.

    • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
    • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
      • Enter through the west end doors
    • Sunday, March 11th
    • 4:00 - 6:00pm
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    The February Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers' Society will take place on February 4, 2018! The event begins at 4:00PM, with a bagpipe competition preparation session starting at 4:30PM.Pipe Major Campbell White will be running a session to help individuals get ready for performing in competition in the coming season, starting at the February 24 Louisville Competition.

    From 4:00PM to 4:30PM, there will be a review of the December and January Pipers' Society set tunes - Skye Boat Song, Oft in a Stilly Night, Rocking the Baby, and Dawning of the Day.

    • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
    • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
      • Enter through the west end doors
    • Sunday, February 4th
    • 4:00 - 6:00pm

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    Happy New Year!

    This month we will be continuing our BPS 2018 Set Tunes walkthrough in the first hour. We'll recap the December 2017 tunes quickly, then dive into January's tunes - the short jig Rocking the Baby, and the 4/4 march Dawning of the Day.

    In the second hour we will kick off the new year with free play sessions for local and regional bagpipers. Do you have a tune you'd like others to take a listen to, a set of bagpipes you think other pipers would be interested in, or some difficulty with some reeds? Bring your pipes out and join us!

    We're continuing our membership drive! Sign up sheets for BPS membership will be available, and we are currently finalizing layout and design for the new BPS tune books. Check, cash, and PayPal is accepted. Individual memberships are $25 per year, and Family memberships are $40 per year. Please see our Membership page for more details.

    Come out and celebrate the start of the Pipers' Society's 3rd year!
    • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
    • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
      • Enter through the west end doors
    • Sunday, January 7th
    • 4:00 - 6:00pm

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