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Papa's Got A Brand New Bagpipe

Stuart Bailie | 10:42 UK time, Monday, 30 April 2012

The bagpipe and rock and roll have an interesting history. AC/DC have employed it with valour, while Wings made us unhappy with 'Mull Of Kintyre'. The guitar sound of Big Country was akin to the skirl of the pipes and there have been surprise contributions from Belle And Sebastian and even Eminem. There was no stopping Glen Campbell, who taught himself the basics and blew regularly on stage. I was also fond of Wizzard and 'Are You Ready To Rock', which was possibly a homage to Bill Hailey and his sporran-shaking hit from 1956, 'Rockin Thru The Rye'.
Now here comes Rufus Wainwright and an extremely moving song called 'Candles'. It stretches out for almost eight minutes and it finds the author bidding farewell to his mother Kate. When you think it might not get any more impressive, the bagpipes are ushered in and the emotions are supremely stirred. On the playlist for tonight.


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