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Celtic Jam
Celtic Rock Concert
Donald's Gaelic Tent
Scottish Fiddling
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Lochaber Trump
Marathon
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Scottish Country Dance
Sheep Herding
Torchlight Ceremony
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Lochaber Trump Competition

Up to the beginning of the 20th century, the Jew's harp was undoubtedly one of the most popular musical instruments around. Literary references consistently note that every child had one, and Scottish poets coined the phrase "Tongue of the Trump" to describe the person who was the leader (or the loudest) of a group.

'Jeu trumpe' and 'Jeu Harpes' are the oldest names for the instrument which became the "trump" in Scotland and Ireland, and is known known as "Jew's Harp" or "Jaw Harp" in the United States. Because they are small, easy to play, and can accompany any musician, trumps were popular throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. From the 1400's until the Industrial Revolution, trumps came from a small village, Piperheugh, in the Lochaber District, where the main industry was the manufacture and playing of trumps. The village is gone and only a few rocks remain, but this town of 15 homes manufactured trumps for all of Europe until the Industrial Revolution.

When the Scots emigrated to the United States, the Lochaber trump traveled with them, and the twang of the jaw harp has now become associated with Appalachia as the dance and fiddle styles that have been passed down over the generations.

If you would like to try your hand at twanging the trump; a workshop and competition will take place on Friday at 2:30 in the Harp tent. Some trumps will be available for use and/or purchase at the Harp tent.



Coordinator of the Lochaber Trump:
Moire MacDonald Latamore
164 Blue Sky Rd, Linden, Va 22642,
Telephone 703 340 8396
e-mail: moire22@yahoo.com