Celtic Music

Playin’ The Pipes

Ours, the strains renowned in story,
Of peaceful halls or deadly quarry.
Pipers call to field or foray,
Melt to love or rouse to glory.
Sound our mountain melody.
(“The Highland Bagpipe” W.I. Manson 1901)

The bright and colourful music of the bagpipe is ideal for outdoor events and festivities.

Piper leading mayor. pic1
– Piping
the mayor and multitude
for the City of Guelph
World Record Walk
– Leading
the opening procession
annually at the
Eden Mills
Writers Festival

me-and-rickThere is a long history and colourful folklore of bagpipe music in western European culture. I have accumulated research and traveled through the England, Scotland and Ireland to absorb and understand the rich folk music traditions. This experience has helped me in hosting many an evening of Scottish music at McDougall Cottage Museum in Galt. It is an entertaining and educational experience that connects to the roots of Scottish music tradition.

Mainly I play the music of the British Isles, including Scotland, Ireland and England. My collection of ten different western European bagpipes enables me to play French, Breton and Galician music as well as some medieval and Renaissance dance music.

smallpipes-at-fortIn the winter of 2000 I began hosting the Celtic music pub session every Friday night in Elora. It continues to draw a crowd at the Shepherd’s Pub on Mill Street. As part of the band WhirlyGig I played dance music at local ceilis, weddings, festivals and special events around Wellington County.

I am a former member of the Guelph and Fergus Pipe Bands and have been playing pipes for about 25 years. These days I perform solo as well as in traditional folk ensembles on various pipes like the Highland Pipes, Borderpipes, and the Scottish smallpipes.

April 2011 – Robin Aggus in Inside Wellington

In April of 2011 I was featured in an article in the second edition of The Wellington Advertiser: Inside Wellington. Click the image to read the PDF. Or you can read the article online.

Cover of Inside Wellington April 2011, featuring Robin Aggus

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I Am Available To Teach

I am available to teach beginning adult pipers and teach tune repertoire for the Scottish smallpipes.

“There is meat and music here, said the fox as he ate the bagpipe”
(an old proverb)

I Play At Weddings, Funerals and Special Events

Please call me at 519-767-4924 or email me at info@robinaggus.ca for more information.

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Robin Aggus playing small bagpipes, with a cat sitting on his shoulder.