St. Patrick's weekend is always a busy time for any piper worth his/her salt. Over the years I've played more locations than I want to think about, but one thing I feel needs to be resaid is etiquette when around those in kilts. Kilts are an important part of our culture and an expectation as a performer!
1. It's Called a kilt
Seems simple but it's called a kilt, not a skirt. Enough said haha
2. Don't ask for "Freebird"
You can play a lot of fun tunes on pipes, and Synyrd is not on the list. AC/DC is though
3. Don't Ask What's Under the Kilt
There are many reasons you shouldn't ask but most importantly it's inappropriate. You also might get an answer you weren't prepared for,
4. Don't Go Looking For Yourself
Seriously don't, again its not just inappropriate its also called sexual assault. I know that's very blunt but no man could do that to a women, so why is it ok for everyone to do that to us? Also I'm married
5. Ask About the Pipes and Uniform
We love sharing our culture and explaining the history of it and how it started in our lives. With it being such a unique instrument you'd be surprised all the history on how it has affected people in times of joy, sorrow, anger, grief, and surprise!
6. Food and Drink
I can't speak for everyone but I do my best not to eat before playing and during gigs as it causes more maintenance afterwards. I also just drink water for the same reason, so please don't be offended if we don't partake of your tasty treats. Believe me it's not personal, it just creates a lot for work for us to keep the instrument in top playing condition. I do accept haggis to-go :)
7. Enjoy The Music
We wouldn't be out playing if no one enjoyed it, so keep on enjoying it! Ask for tunes and see if you can stump a piper with some old ballad. I always enjoy playing more, when the people are enjoying it