A WISE sage once said that the sound of the bagpipe was one of three things. It could be the missing link between music and noise. Or, it could be a sound imitating a cat trapped in a cloth bag. Or it could be a joke that the Irish played on the Scots that they never got....
Whatever, Northern Ireland’s pipe bands were the most successful country in the recent World Pipe Band Championships.
Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Nelson McCausland, has been effusive in his congratulations, as befits his post and background.
But one wonders what other musical events Mr McCausland should celebrate that Northern Ireland excels in.
Perhaps as the leading proponents of the bodhran or penny whistle? Or the efficient beatings of the Lambeg drum?
One suspects that he will, not, however, be queuing up to celebrate some of the country’s most successful musical earners like Van Morrison, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Therapy?, or The Answer...unless they can add the pipes to their repertoire!