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Steeltown Pilgrim

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Very interested in hearing about the musical instruments other pilgrims brought on their camino. What did you bring,,,flute?, fiddle?, drum?... please tell. And how did it work out? I brought a guitar and you can read about it at http://steeltownpilgrimamusicalpath.blogspot.ca
 
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jstorybook

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October-November 2013
I know a couple of people brought drums and some pilgrims like hearing them but others were quite annoyed with drumming and felt that the "noise" was intrusive requesting the hospitlaro's make them stop--so I would say no to drums that they would not be a good idea unless they are played some where other than an alburgue.
 

Steeltown Pilgrim

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I know a couple of people brought drums and some pilgrims like hearing them but others were quite annoyed with drumming and felt that the "noise" was intrusive requesting the hospitlaro's make them stop--so I would say no to drums that they would not be a good idea unless they are played some where other than an alburgue.

Can't see drums being very popular
 
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jstorybook

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No Drums were not popular--but someone did bring a string instrument and I recall hearing a recorder which was nice.
 
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I met a pilgrim in Logroño with a didgeridoo strapped to his pack. I didn't see him again after that, but I'm curious if the didgeridoo made it all the way to Santiago.
 

jl

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The voice is the lightest and easiest instrument to carry. I use it all the time, though only if it won't intrude on people. My repertoire is classical arias, hymns and old music (as in very!) and the occasional folk song. Janet
 

Steeltown Pilgrim

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I met a pilgrim in Logroño with a didgeridoo strapped to his pack. I didn't see him again after that, but I'm curious if the didgeridoo made it all the way to Santiago.
Sure didn't see one of those! Just recalled I saw a tin whistle on the Frances--now that's a little easier to bring along.
 
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shefollowsshells

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A father and son from the States in fall 2012 each brought their bag pipes. It was a treat at Eunate when they brought them out. The pipes went all the way to Santiago in their packs.

I met a real colorful soul walking into Astorga , walking in blue Doc Martins playing a ukelele..
We walked the day together and how I enjoyed his playing as he walked.
 

Steeltown Pilgrim

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A father and son from the States in fall 2012 each brought their bag pipes. It was a treat at Eunate when they brought them out. The pipes went all the way to Santiago in their packs.

I met a real colorful soul walking into Astorga , walking in blue Doc Martins playing a ukelele..
We walked the day together and how I enjoyed his playing as he walked.
Wow, you touched on a lot of personal things there! Love bag pipes.... I've been talking about Eunate for weeks ( for various reasons ). I have several pairs of Docs, including a rare silver pair I'm wearing in that video on my blog--extremely comfy but no way I'm bringing them on the camino. Finally, a uke will be my next musical purchase. Loved your post!!
 

shefollowsshells

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Steeltown Pilgrim,
I'm so glad you referenced your blog here...what a treat to read about your curiosity that day and finding a soul brother on the Camino where the same language was not needed to communicate. Great story!...my sons and I just watched your video too, we all agreed we wished we would run into you on the Le Puy route that we plan on doing next fall...:)

When I came home from my Camino last year I bought my three oldest sons Ukeleles (not certain I spelled that correctly) but they don't know whereto begin with them...
 

tyrrek

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I bought a uke a while back thinking it would be good for a camino. Cheap and light, if a bit awkward to carry. Needless to say I haven't learnt it yet but there are tutorials on youtube. :)
 

Steeltown Pilgrim

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Steeltown Pilgrim,
I'm so glad you referenced your blog here...what a treat to read about your curiosity that day and finding a soul brother on the Camino where the same language was not needed to communicate. Great story!...my sons and I just watched your video too, we all agreed we wished we would run into you on the Le Puy route that we plan on doing next fall...:)

When I came home from my Camino last year I bought my three oldest sons Ukeleles (not certain I spelled that correctly) but they don't know whereto begin with them...
That's very kind - thank you very much. It would be nice to meet with you and your sons. I haven't confirmed plans for 2014 yet, but I am thinking Aragones, parts of Frances , Salvador then Primitivo, probably in the spring. The Le Puy sounds nice though.
 
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BenedicteOR

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My camino dad had a ukelele with him, it made for some fantastic evenings of singing and music - he had us all sign the ukelele as well. It was a really lovely thing to have, I would definitely recommend an instrument. Hearing certain songs now makes me cry with how much I miss the camino!
 

BeatriceKarjalainen

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I didn't bring any but I met people with ukulele, guitar, harmonica and a didgeridoo. The last one was carried by an Austrian guy from Vienna that stepped out from his front door there and started to walk if I got it right. He had a really heavy backpack (a green Fjällräven Kajka i think 125 l) and he walked so amazingly fast. Nice guy, never had the oppertuity to here him play, I don't know if he played on the way he said he would play when arriving to SdC.
 

IngridF

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Brazilian/American couple treated us to a wonderful evening at A. do Brasil. She has an angelic voice and he has magic fingers on the guitar.
 

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Ben Nimmo walked the Camino from Canterbury playing his trombone. You can read about in his book, "Pilgrim Snail, Busking to Santiago".
 
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