Author: Life In A Kilt

Life In A Kilt Podcast Episode 43 – Dan Carroll of Dragon Con

On Episode 43 of the Life In A Kilt Podcast, we’re with Dan Carroll of Dragon Con talking about all the fun history and events of this major convention. Make sure you come for a visit on Labor Day weekend! Check dragoncon.org for details. Back in the studio, Rick is missing an entire bottle of Scotch which makes him realize he’s going to have to learn to make his own Scotch when he is living off the land in Alaska. Rick can’t understand why someone would say they would never wear a kilt. Ever. What’s wrong with these people? Our...

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Rufus Harley: America’s First Kilted Jazz Bagpiper

In 1963, while watching the Black Watch Pipe Band play at President Kennedy’s funeral, he found himself inspired to learn the bagpipes after unsuccessfully trying to mimic the bagpipe sound on his saxophone. Harley searched several local pawn shops for a decent set of bagpipes and finally found a set in New York City for $120. During his learning period, neighbors would call the police about the noice coming from Harley’s apartment. Harley would ask the cops, “Do I look like I’m Irish or Scottish?” keeping the police officers away long enough for him to learn the instrument. In 1964 Harley made his first public appearance playing his bagpipes.

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Apologies and Updates

When I first started Life In A Kilt Magazine a couple years ago, I intended on creating a publication unlike anything that existed in either print or digital. I wanted to create a kilt lifestyle magazine that included more than just kilts. I envisioned articles and information in all areas of life of interest to kilt wearers. I mean, we all love kilts and sporrans and Highland Games but we also love beer, travel, movies, technology and a ton of other stuff. Why can’t there be a magazine with articles and information about all of that stuff?

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