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Bob Dylan Buys Bagpipes In Scotland

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Bob Dylan is expanding his musical horizons.  The folk-rock legend — at the age of 70 — is taking up the bagpipes.

A rep for the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, says Dylan purchased the instrument last weekend.  He was in Glasgow to play two concerts with Mark Knopfler on October 8th and 9th.  The Centre’s spokeswoman notes Dylan bought R.G. Hardie pipes, which is considered one of the best brands, along with a starter package.  She explains that Bob has “always wanted to learn” to play the bagpipes.  She adds that the pipes make “a lovely sound when they are played well,” and it’s “something to be appreciated.”

The bagpipe purchase isn’t the first time Dylan has shown an interest in Scotland and its culture.  In addition to naming poet Robert Burns as one of his influences, he owns property in the country.  In addition, Scotland has shown its admiration for Dylan.  He received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of St. Andrews in 2004.

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