Damn bagpipers

Whoever runs Fabirol‘s website tells us on a page re a museum near Zaragoza called La casa del gaitero, Bagpiper House in corporate speak, that in Aragon gaitero can be used to describe any popular musician. What would an equivalent lowest-common-denominator term be in the English-speaking world? “Artiste” misses the instrument component and, frequently, the truth; “catgut scraper” works only for the strings (I seem to remember Queen Mary being kept awake by a huge horde of Scottish fiddlers when she went to claim her Scots, so I may be wrong here); and “recorder player” isn’t sufficiently insulting.

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