Hype for the pipe: Pipes at Pogue performances continue in March

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 7:16 PM
Hype for the pipe: Pipes at Pogue performances continue in March by Livia Homerski
Photo: Livia Homerski

The sweet sound of bagpipes emanated from the Scot Cinema in Pogue Student Center around noon on Wednesday, March 20, and were thanks to Mia Harvey as part of the Pipes At Pogue performance series.

With a deep breath and a slap to the bag part of the instrument, also called “striking in,” Harvey serenaded the audience of the Scot Cinema with songs like “Itchy Fingers” and “Lament for Alistar.” She walked in time with the music, often stomping or letting the click of her heels serve as the accompanying percussion.

The New Jersey native has been playing bagpipes for seven years and performed 10 songs during her recital. Other songs played were a combination of traditional Scottish tunes, such as “Highland Cathedral,” “Farewell to Camraw” and “Thistle of Scotland,” along with Irish folk anthem, “Minstrel Boy and Kelly.”

The bagpipes were actually the reason Harvey came to EU. “It’s one of three universities on the East Coast that offers a degree in bagpiping, so I initially came here as a music education major with a concentration in bagpipes and have since changed [majors] to music and communications,” explained Harvey.

Harvey started playing bagpipes with her father for the memorial service of her great-grandmother. Scottish music has since become a family affair for the Harveys, as her sister also plays the pipes and her brother does Scottish drumming.

Harvey has also performed with the MacMillan Pipe Band, a competition pipe band from the Washington, D.C. area.

For more pipin’ hot performances, on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a performance by the pipe band with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The next and final installment of “Pipes at Pogue” will be on April 17 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Scot Cinema.

Livia Homerski | ae.spectator@gmail.com

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