Tonight I want to begin a long over due journey and I want to invite you to join me. I have always been proud of my Southron Heritage and my Catholic Faith and have put forth an effort to learn more about them and share it with others. I have always connected with my ancestry, but have never gone beyond the traditions my family passed onto me. I have decided to study and learn my Irish and Spanish Heritage and learn not only where I am from, but where I began. I welcome any and all information, stories, and helpful hints that will help me successfully navigate my journey to truth’s end.
I begin with these simple discoveries:
The earliest physical evidence for the existence of the bagpipes is an engraved rendering in Chaldean sculptures dating back to 4000 B.C. The oldest set of pipes was found in Panopolis, Egypt, by archaeologists who dated them to 1500 B.C. By comparison, the only Celtic musical instruments of an equivalent age are the bodhran, harp and feadan (whistle or flute).
The earliest forerunners of the Great Highland Bagpipes—simple, mouth-blown reed pipes—had emerged in the Near East and Egypt by 2500 B.C. The most popular of these reed pipes was the shawm, which retained its popularity for centuries.
The pandura is a very old type of stringed instrument. It originated in Spanish culture many years ago, and later became used in Greek culture. This helped to spread its popularity throughout Europe. In later years, the pandura became known as the mandolin, and was recognized as the mandolin by most people for many years. Not many people in today’s society know about this instrument because it is not used often in Hispanic music anymore.