Recently, I played Salute to Donald, a version freshly transcribed from Colin Campbell’s Manuscript. There is no recording of the performance, but it was on similar lines to the one that I made for the wiki, linked above. The judge was an eminent scholar of piobaireachd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the repertoire and the […]
Putting it all together, here is a recording of my efforts. Please feel free to comment and make suggestions. More importantly: please go out and make your own interpretations! Feel free to submit them here (we will post them)!
Here is another tune from the Hannay-MacAuslan collection. Over the weeks, I will be posting more recordings, until all 10 songs* have been recorded. Some tunes I will take you through my interpretive process, much as I did for PS 170 (Glengarry’s March). I probably won’t take you through the level of sausage-making detail I […]
There has been some discussion on here before, about getting this music into the ears of “normal” audiences. I’m a harper, not a piper, and so I play harp versions of these tunes. This is a lunchtime concert I played last week, of “traditional” Irish and Scottish tunes done in the style of 200 years […]
This tune presents excellent opportunities for amateurs and professionals to make tired ears prick up and pay attention. It is one of those tunes begging for a fresh interpretation by a piper who wants to offer something extra – a memorable and authoritative performance that stands out from the crowd. Every year at the Piobaireachd Society Conference, I hear the Music Committee longing […]
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Sweden piping at the opening of the Archaeomusica exhibition. Most of the pipes in my case were reproductions of archaeological finds. In 2008, a 42,000-year-old vulture bone with 5 finger holes was unearthed in Hohle Fels cave, southwestern Germany. On 8 April this year, I made a reproduction from a Gyps fulvus radius bone kindly provided […]
Yesterday, Delphian Records released the CD counterpart to my PhD thesis: Spellweaving. The experimental rehearsals for this were a source of deep joy. I was sharing pibroch with two wonderful musicians who were receptive, supremely capable and from whom I had much to learn. It was an invigorating two-way exchange from which I emerged wiser […]