Rotary learn about musical instruments

Pictued is Past President Jim Houston and current Rotary president Steve Collis.
Pictued is Past President Jim Houston and current Rotary president Steve Collis.

At a recent meeting of the Brechin Rotary Club, Ian Kinnear was invited by member David Myles to speak about a musical instrument that has experienced a revival in recent years.

Ian produces Scottish smallpipes at his workshop in Edzell, and has customers all over the World for the bellows-blown bagpipes that he makes.

He outlined how leather, metal and wood is turned into the drones, reeds and bellows of his high quality instruments.

Ian explained why they went out of fashion in previous centuries, but reappeared in the last 30 years to a small but increasing band of enthusiasts.

Ian said they have a softer and mellower sound than the better known Highland Bagpipe, with a volume ideal for group work with other traditional acoustic instruments.

He concluded an entertaining evening with a few tunes, accompanied by his son Patrick on the violin.

Rotary Club member Bruce Robertson gave Ian and Patrick a vote of thanks for their talk and performances.

The meeting was the first under the presidency of Steve Collis, who has replaced Jim Houston as President.