Pirates and Punk

OK, so I’ve been thinking of cool tunes to add to my Drive-by piping repertoire. Seems like people always smile when you play a tune they don’t expect to hear on the pipes.

The Pirate of Sainte Mary’s is a piper who busks, and he plays a version of the Star Wars theme. Sounds like it’s a hit with his audience.

I’d like to work up some punk standards on the pipes.

My tiny list so far:

I Fought the Law – The Clash

Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones (honestly, with three notes you can probably make anything by The Ramones work on pipes)

It’s early days yet – any suggestions? I’ll update the list soon….

Tunes I’m working on…

Here’s what I’m wrestling with right now:

  • Piobaireachd – The Lament for Captain MacDougall
  • 2/4 March – John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage
  • 6/8 March – Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis
  • 2/4 Medley opener – Coppermill (it’s like a hornpipe and a 2/4 march really)