affiche aubignyEverybody knows the saying about a good piper...

He plays the bagpipe because he has "his lassie in the bag and good whisky in the pipe".

In Aubigny-sur-Nère, France, there will be 200 lassies in the pipers' bags for the parade.

Just before Bastille Day!

Auld Alliances

The pipers will definitely celebrate the Auld Alliance between their lassie and whisky.

But they'll also celebrate the Auld Alliance between France and Scotland.

Aubigny, in fact, is the city of the Stuarts..

And every year, just before Bastille Day, they celebrate the friendship between Scotland and France with huge parades in their city.

In a few days, 200 pipers from many different countries will walk in the streets of Aubigny-sur-Nère on July 11, 12 and 13.

If you like pipe-bands, lassies and whiskies, don't hesitate!

So bar, so food

Come to Aubigny-sur-Nère in Central France: you'll enjoy the music, the drinks at the bars and the food and you'll celebrate the Auld Alliance as they do every year.

And just like last year, you will see that:



So, if you like massed bands, come to Aubigny-sur-Nère.

The celebrations will take place on July 11, 12, 13 2014.

If you are not convinced, just have a look at this video:

Affiche jpegSo far, so good

And, by the way, write down June 13, 14 2015 on your agenda.

Bressuire in Deux-Sèvres will be the venue for the first Highland Games World Championship in France.

There will be bagpipes, of course, but dancers and the best 12 Heavies in the world.

With a line-up like that, how can you miss such an opportunity?

It will mix music and strength, Gay Gordons and Cabers.

Quite the Auld Alliance of Beauty and the Beasts.

Alain CADU

Aubigny in French on the blog

200 cornemuses: Aubigny pipebande encore

Coming next on the blog

  • Francis Brebner's ode to Bressuire (Part 2 and 3)
  • Sous les kilts: un autre regard