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Sliding hiatal hernias and the piob mor

Sliding hiatal hernias and the piob mor

By David V. Kennedy Shortly after some recent surgery and during the course of post-surgical examinations, the physicians discovered that I had a sliding hiatal hernia. This could have been possibly the result of the surgical techniques now commonly used by neuro-surgeons for cervical vertebrae fusions; but there is really […]

Why was the Campbell Canntaireachd written? Stranger things have happened…

Why was the Campbell Canntaireachd written? Stranger things have happened…

• From the October 2014 Piping Times. By Keith Sanger Although a considerable amount of research on the Campbell Canntaireachd manuscripts and the music contained in them has been undertaken over the years, one question, which has yet to be addressed seriously, is what prompted the Campbell’s to compile the […]

Churchill’s war pipe

Churchill’s war pipe

Tabby Angier is the custodian of a pipe which belonged to a soldier who lead an incredible life. It is an instrument of war with a particularly commanding sound. Here she tells us about the wartime escapades of a man who is ranked as one of the world’s greatest adventurers, […]

How the march became more pointed and technically demanding

How the march became more pointed and technically demanding

• From the March 2000 Piping Times. By David Murray As intimated in my last column, l’ll continue this issue with part two of my research into the pipe march first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. As the early collections of ceòl beag show, tunes in march time of varying […]

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

By Peter McCalister For better or worse, tune settings in the Kilberry book, and in the Piobaireachd Society’s (PS) collection, have become known as the ‘usual’ versions – and other versions as ‘alternative’ settings. Why play an alternative setting of a tune? The PS has, over the last 80 years […]

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Patrons of Piping – The Mackintosh

• From the March 2000 Piping Times. By Jeannie Campbell The Mackintoshes are part of Clan Chattan and claim descent from MacDuff, the Earl of Fife. They were supporters of the Bruces and acquired the lands of Moy in the 14th century. Malcolm, the 10th chief, fought at the Battle […]

Piping in the ’45  – the Year of the Piper

Piping in the ’45 – the Year of the Piper

• This article first appeared in the Piping Times, June 1983. By Bruce Campbell On the 11th of August, 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart stepped ashore at Kinlochmoidart on the west coast of Scotland in a bid to restore his family’s right to the ancient Kingdom of Scotland. John Maclntyre, […]

Cha Till mi Tuille

Cha Till mi Tuille

By Roderick Cannon The piobaireachd MacCrimmon will Never Return is famous from the setting published in Angus MacKay’s book, and from the song which is still sung, both in Gaelic and in an English translation. But the oldest pipe setting we have is much less well known. It is one […]

Bagpipes in Brazil

Bagpipes in Brazil

Cristiano Bicudo has spent more than three decades pioneering the instrument in his home country BRAZIL conjures up images of sambas and carnivals rather than strathspeys and crunluaths – but the piping scene there is growing thanks to the dedication and hard work of Cristiano Bicudo. However, it has not […]