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The shawm is a conical bore, double-reed instrument of the woodwind family. They were developed made in Europe from the 12th century to the present day. They achieved peak of popularity during the medieval and renaissance periods, after which they were gradually eclipsed by the oboe family of descendant instruments in classical.  Shawms continue to be used in Celtic folk music groups in Brittany and Cantabria and form an important part of the festivals of those regions and other regions across the world