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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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20 Questions with Cooper McBean

Cooper McBean is guitarist and banjo player for The Devil Makes Three which, along with guitarist Pete Bernhard and upright bassist Lucia Turino, has become one of music’s more reliable and successful touring bands. Mixing bluegrass, rock, country, jazz and blues, the band continues to attract a diverse audience willing to support them in their exploration of sounds and styles. Life In A Kilt caught up with Cooper a few days before the release of “Redemption & Ruin,” the seventh album from The Devil Makes Three and we tossed out a few questions.

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The Kilted Snow Weasels: Carving Up Snow and Vikings in Canada

The Kilted Snow Weasels are a snow sculpting team based in Rockford, Illinois made up of members of “Clan McWeasel.” Angus McWeasel, Fergus McWeasel, Shamus McWeasel and Grunt McWeasel have, in one form or fashion, been snow sculpting for 21 years all over the Midwest. They are four-time Illinois State Champions and have placed as high as third place at the US National Snow Sculpting Competition.

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A Scotch Primer

For those kilties who just received their first bottle of Glenfiddich or Oban, but don’t know their single malt from their blended malt, Life in a Kilt Magazine is here to help. We invited Ken Klehm, Asheville-based distiller, to share his insight and expertise to those looking for their first initiation into the world of scotch whisky – what to look for, how it should taste and why people love the stuff so damned much.

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