Reviews

Album review: Ross Miller ‘The Roke’

Album review: Ross Miller ‘The Roke’

THE ROKE CD Review by Stuart Milne. Piping Today #100, 2020. Ross Miller is a great example of what it means to be a modern piper. As Ross explains in the sleeve notes to his debut solo album, The Roke, his early musical background was purely in pipe bands (formerly Peoples […]

More power to your elbow – and foot!

More power to your elbow – and foot!

REVIEW by PETER McCALISTER This year, for the first time, the annual competition held by the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) was held in Linlithgow, at the historic Burgh Halls. This marvellous old building has been re-purposed with meeting rooms and a café – and the acoustics are superb. […]

The Campbeltown Book of Piping

The Campbeltown Book of Piping

The Campbeltown Book of Piping by Iain Duncan — a review by Duncan Beaton When I left the countryside of Argyll for the ‘big city’ of Glasgow in 1965 I felt like a 16 year-old pioneer, naively unaware that plenty of others had made a similar journey before me. One […]

Stuart Letford reviews the James Duncan Mackenzie Collection

Stuart Letford reviews the James Duncan Mackenzie Collection

James Duncan Mackenzie had a busy and creative lockdown. The Silver Medallist from Lewis, Scotland published this, his first collection, at the end of 2021 and he has just released his third solo-piping album, a recording that features music from the book. Too many collections produced these days contain page […]

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

I’ve long thought that Angus MacKay’s life would make for a great film. It has it all: sex, drugs (well, alcohol), rock n’ roll and a young death. Angus went from a childhood of poverty to an adolescence spent frequenting palaces and hobnobbing with the great and good of his […]

Review: The Conundrum: International Piping Night

Review: The Conundrum: International Piping Night

By Stuart Letford The Conundrum: International Piping Night, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium, Glasgow (January 25, 2019) The new auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, imaginatively called the, er, New Auditorium, was the venue for this multi-national line-up of pipers brought together by composer, flute player, piper, instructor, […]

Stuart Letford reviews ‘Bagpipe Brothers’

Stuart Letford reviews ‘Bagpipe Brothers’

Bagpipe Brothers by Kerry Sheridan was published in paperback in 2006. It’s taken three attempts for me to finish it. There are two reasons for this: 1) given its subject matter ­– the four pipe band members, all firemen, who played at the funeral of every colleague who perished in […]