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Folklife Festival: Scottish Invasion

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Folklife Festival: Scottish Invasion

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Folklife Festival: Scottish Invasion

Bagpipes, Scotch Take Root on National Mall

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Hamish Moore of Dunkeld, Scotland, shows off his handmade pipes at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Danielle Wagner, NPR News hide caption

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In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., were greeted by a miniature castle, a scaled down replica of the Road Hole at St. Andrews golf course, haggis burgers, barrels of aromatic single malt and the pervasive bleating of pipes.

It's all a part of the Smithsonian's annual Folklife Festival. Every year, the Smithsonian features the folk arts and traditions of a handful of countries or regions. This year, the focus is on Mali, Appalachia and Scotland. NPR's Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, makes a visit to the Scottish festival to report on its sights and sounds.