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Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945

GIBSON, JOHN G.

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ISBN 10: 0773515410 / ISBN 13: 9780773515413
Published by McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, 1998
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Title: Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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A thought-provoking study into the decline of bagpiping in Scotland and its survival in the New World. Refuting widely accepted opinions that was effectively banned in Scotland by the Disarming Act of 1746, John S. Gibson presents new perspectives on the decline of Gaelic piping and Gaelic society prior to the Highland diaspora. He reveals that traditional dance bagpiping continued to at least the mid-nineteenth century and suggests that the Clearances was one of the main reasons for the decline of piping. Following the path of Scottish emigrants, he traces the history of bagpiping in the New World and uncovers examples of late eighteenth-century traditional bagpiping and dance in Gaelic Cape Breton, arguing that these anachronistic cultural forms provide a vital link to the vanished folk music and culture of the Scottish Highlanders.

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John G. Gibson is a Scots-born writer-historian living in Judique, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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