Scottish Smallpipes - Ceilidh Pipes
In addition to the Great Highland Bagpipes, I also play the Scottish Smallpipes or Ceilidh Pipes (Kay-lee). These pipes provide a rich warm sound that is perfect for any indoor event. They can be paired with piano, vocals, or any other instrument to add depth and harmony to the tunes. As with the Great Highland Bagpipes, the Ceilidh Pipes are a traditional Scottish instrument. Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and English tunes sound ideal played on these. In addition, many hymns and modern music can be played on the Ceilidh Pipes.
Great Highland Bagpipes
The Great Highland Bagpipes are a large, three-drone instrument with a chanter. The air to play the pipes is created by the piper blowing into a blow-pipe, filling the bag. Then the piper evenly squeezes the bag under his arm forcing air into the drones and chanter. The drones are the long pipes that extend over the piper's head and the chanter, located at the bottom of the pipes, is where the piper plays the melody. The drones provide a low, even, continuous sound while the chanter is louder and has a brass-like quality.