Bagpipe collector and historian are part of Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s opening weekend

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum opens its doors for the season on the Victoria Day weekend and will feature a guest presentation by Alan Jones of Montreal who has an extensive collection of over 300 bagpipes. The presentation on Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m. will be followed by an old-fashioned Victorian Tea.

Organizer of this informative event, Allan Walker, a volunteer at the museum and avid piper, says “The bagpipe, above all other instruments, can be said to be the only instrument to which no one fails to react; be it those who might cover their ears, those who would recite a joke, or those who will open their hearts, defend its virtues, and follow the pipes to the ends of the earth. Alan Jones is one of the latter.”

When we think of bagpipes in Glengarry, we invariably think of the Great Highland Bagpipe There are, however, bagpipes of all kinds world-wide. Even in the Celtic countries, there are many different kinds.

Alan Jones is a lover of bagpipes, He collects all types of bagpipes and bagpipe music in the Welsh, Breton, Scottish, and Irish traditions. He brings a unique and refreshing approach to traditional music.

His playing encompasses a varied and complete panorama of airs, laments, and spirited dance tunes from the abundantly rich heritage of the Celtic lands.

His special talk and demonstration will consist of:

  • an audio-visual presentation

  • a display of many different types of bagpipes, including a a variety of "lesser known" pipes from the workshops of some of the finest makers in Western Europe and North America.

  • performances on several instruments from his collection

Allan Jones will recreate the magical musical atmosphere of his ancestors, permitting you to discover a very ancient culture - often neglected by today’s modern society - and to share with you the very frame of the Celtic soul.

For anyone interested in Celtic heritage and music in particular, this event will be something not to miss. The presentation begins at 1:00 pm in the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s schoolhouse. Admission this day is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. In addition to learning about the history of the bagpipes, visitors can also take this opportunity to explore new exhibits at the museum and enjoy a delicious Victorian Tea in the pavilion from 2:00 – 4:00 ($5 extra).

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is open from Victoria Day long weekend until the end of September with plenty of events through the season to amuse and educate visitors of all ages. It is located in Dunvegan, Ontario on County Road 24 (Dunvegan Road) at the crossroad with County Road 30 (Greenfield Road).

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