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Great Scot! Parade

6:00 pm


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8:30 am


Opening Ceremonies

9:00 am


The British Car Show

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9:30 am


Military Tribute and Massed Bands Celebration!

11:30 am


Celtic Jam

6:30 pm

The Messenger At Arms

Myths, legends or silly rumors?

by Nick Williams

In my 30+ years of piping, I’ve heard some doozies. Did you hear that pipes are argued to have been developed in Egypt by the pharaohs, or somewhere in the Middle East, and had been incorporated or copied from the Muslims during the crusades? Roman armies even used pipes while marching their troops to war!

Did you hear that Scottish Pipes are only Scottish if you have a tartan bag cover; otherwise they are Irish pipes?  Who would of thunk it? Well I can say is, my pipes are over 700 years old and still play beautifully. Well, in cat years, that is!

But seriously, we love a good sounding pipe and regardless of the origin of the instrument it has been refined to its current state by passionate and innovative musicians who love this beautiful instrument.

I was hoping to find some folklore of bagpipes played in the Upstate way before the state was established as a colony, but not much was recorded. Pipers were either too busy staying alive or playing a relaxing tune around a fire hundreds of years ago than keeping a diary on the subject. So if you have any interesting historical or even comical rumors about the highland pipes, email me. I 'd love to discuss and might even add to my blog.

Above all, I hope everyone is getting excited for our 9th annual Scottish Games! On Friday night at the Phoenix Inn we have our Jimmy McIntosh Invitational, featuring the top tier professional pipers on the East Coast.  And, of course, we’ll enjoy the solo and band competitions on Saturday May 24th on the beautiful Furman campus.

Oh, and by the way…I hear only the very best pipers can make the drones do a double-tone "wah wah” sound in sync with the beat of the tune they’re are playing!

Hope to see you there!

Nick Williams

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The Scots brought a lot more to America than just the bagpipes; they brought independence, a fierce fighting spirit, a strong love of family and clan, a quirky sense of humor and enjoyment in their surroundings.  We’re capturing all this and more with an overflowing series of activities bringing the best of Scotland and our rich Southern heritage together for your enjoyment.

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