Let the Bottle Circulate


Some tune titles need no explanation. Musicians and folks in the countrysides of the world have circulated a bottle or three of their customary beverage since humans, well, invented the bottle. Sharing a drink has always been a sign of peace and friendship worldwide. It is mentioned in numerous historical sources that a “bottle” surely circulated whenever more than two or three people gathered for any reason. In ancient Scotland, that bottle likely contained malt whisky, perhaps made by the host, or brought in by guests, and was circulated to the tune of a piper. Meetings, official gatherings, parties, ceremonies, all of these communal activities would give rise to a mutual expression of fellowship through the sharing of uisge-beatha.

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Whisky Tunes is the first online, bagpipe music tune book presented in a serial format. Tunes are collected and arranged by Vince Janoski. Vince is the former editor and publisher of The Voice, the magazine of the EUSPBA and publisher and writer for Pipehacker.com.