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Posted On: 26th Aug 2016

Learn to Play Bagpipes

Kerry thinks bagpipes can be played by anybody
Fellow Fixer Lucy explains more about bagpipes
The group want to encourage more young people to learn how to play the instrument

A group of musicians from Co Tyrone are on a mission to preserve a piece of their country’s musical heritage by encouraging more young people to pick up the bagpipes.

 

Kerry Patterson and her team are concerned that one of Northern Ireland’s most popular forms of musical expression is being lost because youngsters no longer find it appealing or think it’s reserved for older generations.

 

With Fixers the youngsters have made a film challenging misconceptions that the hobby is for the older generation.

 

Watch the film at the top of this page.

 

Kerry, from Ballygawley, has been piping for six years- having represented the Ulster Scots Juvenile Pipe Band in that time, and says the experience has changed her life.

 

The 18-year-old says:‘I fell in love with the sound and it’s allowed me to become more confident and meet new people along the way.

 

‘Generally, when you think of bagpipes, you imagine an old man with a ginger beard, so maybe young people shy away for this reason.

 

‘We want to show that that pipe bands are inclusive regardless of gender or age. It would be a real shame if we lost this discipline, which means so much to so many.’

 

 

Kerry adds: ‘These days young people are more into social media and the lives of celebrities, but I think we need to make bagpipes cool again.

 

‘The film does a great job of showing a bit of the history behind the instrument and how fun learning to play can be.

 

‘Bagpipes are for everyone, so give them a try.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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