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Rufus Harley: America’s First Kilted Jazz Bagpiper

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.

Apologies and Updates

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?

A Tartan for Everyone: A Guide to Non-Scottish Tartans

A Tartan for Everyone: A Guide to Non-Scottish Tartans

If you’re interested in wearing a kilt, chances are at some point you’ve wondered which tartan you should wear. There are literally thousands of tartans to choose from. You may decide to wear the tartan of your Scottish ancestors or a tartan associated with a particular district of Scotland.

20 Questions with Cooper McBean

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.

The Kilted Chef Keeps It Fresh

The Kilted Chef Keeps It Fresh

Chef Alain Bosse is known internationally as “The Kilted Chef” but it wasn’t the kilt or the “chef’s whites” that was his first cooking uniform. ”When I was younger I joined the Boy Scouts,” Alain explains. “I wasn’t as athletic as the other kids so I would often stay...

Care for the Casual Kilt

Care for the Casual Kilt

Good day to everyone! Hope the new year has been kind thus far, and may we keep the good times rolling! In my previous article, I discussed the "why" and "how" a kilt should be worn. Hopefully many of you now have your new wardrobe additions, so I shall take this time...

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

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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