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Donald McPhee's premises were in the Royal Arcade, Hope Street, Glasgow. Later, the premises were taken over by Peter Henderson. McPhee published a bagpipe tutor, a collection of light music and two collections of piobaireachd. His name appears in the books as 'MacPhee' but he stamped his pipes 'McPhee' and had even used the spellings 'McPhe' and 'McFie'.

Donald MacPhee – the forgotten man in piping

By Seumas MacNeill Probably no period in the history of piping will see such changes as did the 19th century. At the beginning of it, all pipers were Gaelic-speaking highlanders, solo performers whose repertoire consisted almost entirely of piobaireachd. All teaching was by canntaireachd, for no piper could read staff […]

Roderick Cannon.

Salute to Roderick Cannon

By Hugh Cheape, MBE Pìobaireachd is not an easy subject but Roderick Cannon was its master. This was his chosen field in the study of the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe and, more particularly, of the type of composition regarded as its ‘classical music’. In spite of the prominence […]

The respiratory stress of playing the bagpipes

By T. M. Gibson (introduced by J. Ernsting). R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, Hants Pipers contend that playing the bagpipes is extremely strenuous. Cases have been experienced by piping teachers of neophytes fainting while trying to play the pipes. Watson (1972) suggested that hypocapnia caused the faintness. He reported […]