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Though the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and Irish uilleann pipes have the greatest international visibility, bagpipes have historically been found throughout Europe, and into Northern Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the Caucasus.
The origins of the bagpipe can be traced back to the most ancient civilizations. The bagpipe probably originated as a rustic instrument in many cultures because a herdsman had the necessary materials at hand: a goat or sheep skin and a reed pipe. The instrument is mentioned in the Bible, and historians believe that it originated in Sumaria. Through Celtic migration it was introduced to Persia and India, and subsequently to Greece and Rome. In fact, a Roman historian of the first century wrote that the Emporer Nero knew how to play the pipe with his mouth and the bag thrust under his arm. During the Middle Ages, however, the bagpipe was heard and appreciated by all levels of society.
The Memphis Scottish Society has had a long association with many area festivals including the Arkansas Scottish Festival, Celtic Fest (Jackson, MS), Celtic Fest (Jackson, TN), Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, Glasgow Highland Games, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Highlands and Islands Celtic Festival, Oklahoma Scottish Festival, Stone Mountain Highland Games & Scottish Festival and is proud to provide more information about these events. Please click the Knotwork Design for more information.
Harpists associated with the Memphis Scottish Society. Please click on the Harp for more information.
Click on the Musical Notes to see a list of singers and singing groups associated with the Memphis Scottish Society.
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