FAQ


* How do I join the BC Pipers’ Association?

Go to the MEMBERSHIP page. On that page you will find answers,and you’ll be able to get a membership application / renewal form.


* What geographic area is covered by the BC Pipers’ Association?

Everyone is welcome to join, membership in the BC Pipers’ is not limited to any geographic area. However, regarding the question of geography; piping, drumming, and pipe band competitions within B.C., Washington State, and Oregon State, are usually run by the BC Pipers’ rules and regulations.


* Please tell me about the BCPA motto   (TOG ORM MO PHIOB) ?

“Give me my pipe” – It comes from the Gaelic Poem “Big Roderick’s Lament”

* Many thanks to Ron Macleod for providing this poem, and the translation:

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Cumha Ruairidh Mhóir

Tog orm mo phìob is théid mi dhachaidh,
Is duilich leam fhéin, mo léir mar thachair;
Tog orm mo phìob ‘s mì air mo chràdh
Mu Ruairidh Mór, mu Ruairidh Mór.

Tog orm mo phìob, tha mi sgìth,
Is mur faigh mi ì théid mi dhachaidh;
Tog orm mo phìob, tha mi sgith
Is mì air mo chràdh mu Ruairidh Mór.

Tog orm mo phìob, tha mi sgìth,
Is mur faigh mi ì théid mi dhachaidh;
Clàrsach no pìob cha tog mo crìdh
Cha bheò fear mo gràidh, Ruairidh Mór..

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Big Roderick’s Lament

Give me my pipe and I’ll go home,
It is sad for me as to how it happened;
Give me my pipe I’m so broken hearted
About Big Roderick, about Big Roderick.

Give me my pipe, I am tired
If I do not get it I’ll go home;
Give me my pipe, I am tired,
I’m broken hearted about Big Roderick.

Give me my pipe, I am tired
If I do not get it, I’ll go home;
Harp or pipe won’t lift my heart,
My loved one is dead, Big Roderick..


* How is the number of awards / places decided for the results of competitions?

It is based upon the number of competitors:
Fewer than 3 competitors = 1 award
3 competitors = 2 awards / places
4 – 10 = 3 awards / places
11-15 = 4 awards /places
16 -20 = 5 awards / places
more than 20 = 6 awards / places

Visit the RULES page for more info about competitions

 


* Can I Hire a Piper or Drummer through you?

Not directly, but visit our “Hire a Piper or Drummer” page for some good options