Tryst, the ten-piece piping ensemble based in Glasgow, Scotland today releases its debut recording.

The track, In Praise of the Pioneers, was composed by Finlay MacDonald, Director of Piping at the National Piping Centre and premiered at the afternoon piping concert of 2020’s Celtic Connections festival. The band reprised it for the opening of this year’s online festival.

Finlay MacDonald said: “Looking at the long history of pipe music in Scotland we see many innovators – individuals who through their innate creativity have helped to push the tradition forward, at times, against prevailing conventions. The musical and technological developments bravely pioneered by these individuals live on and continue to influence and inspire new generations of pipers and composers. In recognition of this, In Praise of the Pioneers, celebrates the richness of the bagpipe sound and the power of a simple melody.”

The track is available now on the Tryst Bandcamp page,

Tryst first performed at Celtic Connections in 2017. The ensemble first performed at Celtic Connections in 2017, showcasing new music inspired by the piobaireachd tradition and exploring the possibilities of a piping ensemble. Its members are Ross Ainslie, Steven Blake, Rory Campbell, James Duncan MacKenzie, Mairearad Green, Ali Hutton, Calum MacCrimmon, Finlay MacDonald, Lorne MacDougall and John Mulhearn.