Reviews, Hints & Tips

Matthew Welch reviews Donald Lindsay’s ‘History of Sleep’

Matthew Welch reviews Donald Lindsay’s ‘History of Sleep’

Donald WG Lindsay and I have come to know each other over the last decade through the very small network of bagpipers pushing the boundaries, capabilities, and future possibilities of the bagpipes and bagpipe music. His recent explorations in smallpipe and chanter design are seen through the lens of a […]

Dan Nevans digs Xavier Boderiou’s ‘Liamm’

Dan Nevans digs Xavier Boderiou’s ‘Liamm’

The limitations of the great highland bagpipe are: A fixed range of melody notes/fixed octave drone; No dynamic ability; No rests (traditionally). Nevertheless, considering our instrument cannot become louder or quieter, we don’t start and stop, and we are restricted with what keys we can play in, it’s amazing the […]

Dan Nevans reviews ‘A Wee Bit o’ a Tune’

Dan Nevans reviews ‘A Wee Bit o’ a Tune’

A bagpipe is an investment. If you are lucky then you’ll get a return out of that investment either for yourself or for whomever gets the pipe after you. The mystique of the antique bagpipe is much like the sword ‘Excalibur’ in Thomas Mallory’s epic, Le Morte d’Arthur: the object […]

‘Fhuair mi Pog’ by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald

‘Fhuair mi Pog’ by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald

Fhuair mi Pòg by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald (Greentrax Recordings Limited CDTRAX 132). By Roderick D. Cannon. The title track begins with Allan MacDonald playing the song version of the famous piobaireachd (I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand) on the full Highland bagpipe; then as the sound […]

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

This new edition of Binneas is Boreraig reincarnates the most innovative written piobaireachd collection of the 20th century. It is the only one showing tunes precisely as they were played by a master. And it shows them exceptionally well. ‘Binneas is Boreraig’ means ‘Melody and Boreraig’. The original edition, published […]

The scales of practice

The scales of practice

By Dugald B. MacNeill Pipers will talk endlessly about their pipe chanters and go to great lengths to get them just right, or what they believe is right. They will spend money on reeds and buy new pipe chanters to increase the chance of getting both the correct scale and […]