South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

The Northumbrian pipes

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busker, South Shields

South Shields busker

The Northumbrian pipes have a distinctive tone and timbre all of their own, they are much smaller and quieter than the Highland pipes and the chanter has a closed end, it’s notes are played by lifting a finger from a hole, and the bag pressure is carefully controlled by the bellows.

They are a traditional instrument in Northumbria and the Borders and unusually we see a busker playing the pipes here under the Metro bridge in King Street, South Shields. South Tyneside’s former Mayor Bill Lynch is a player of the Northumbrian pipes and the most renowned (selling musician) is probably Kathryn Tickell

Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 150mm lens, 1/25 second, f4, iso 200


Apologies for missing my posts the last couple of days, I’ve been in hospital (I have no new material right now, so I’ll be using archival material for the next couple of weeks perhaps.)

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Written by curly

December 1, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Very nice picture, but those are not Northumbrian Pipes. They are actually Uilleann Pipes (Irish) Northumbrian are smaller – the chanter is quite tiny – the fingers are quite close. You are right about Kathryn though – an amazing player and a great ambassador for the instrument.


    December 1, 2008 at 2:31 am

  2. Thanks for that Rob,

    shows how easy it is for the less musically inclined amongst us, to get it wrong!


    December 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm

  3. A great character study. Hope you’re better soon and clicking away on your old Box Brownie!


    December 1, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  4. fantastic portrait shot.


    December 2, 2008 at 12:54 pm

  5. Beautiful portrait. Bravo!


    December 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

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