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NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES and a Geordie Song

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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2009

This is the first Bellows-Blown set of Pipes that I ever played, and I bought it in 1973. I had been playing the Scots Great Highland Pipes, for 3 years previous, but I needed a Soft Quiet set of Pipes for indoors. The "GHB" Pipes are "blown by mouth" and are very loud of course. Whereas, Bellows Pipes are a lot quieter, because you can't get the same amount of volume of air into the Bag, with a Bellows, as you can with your Lungs.
Also, the inside diameter of the bores of the Small Pipes are very small, and acts as a further limit on the amount of sound generated.
"The song "Buy Broom Besoms" (a Broom made from the Broom plant. The word Broom and Besom are interchangeable) is claimed by both the Scots and the Geordies. In the late 18th century, Blind Willie Purvis, a Fiddler in Newcastle-on-Tyne, made up many of the verses, naming various local people. Hannah Black was a "Fruiterer" on the quays, thus the verse about her Oranges which was Blind Willie's favorite Fruit. I learned the song from a recording by "The High Level Ranters".
I don't do the Geordie dialect very well, but as a Geordie said to me,"I've heard that sang all me life, and yer the forst chap th' made it intelligible" ! High Praise Indeed.

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