Reviews

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, […]

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

By Stuart Letford and Dan Nevans Please accept our collective apology for this review having taken so long to write. This was because one of us has only just been released from the Southern General Hospital having had his sides stitched and the other one refused to come out from […]

Roger Huth reviews Highland Reeds’ HR3 drone reeds

Roger Huth reviews Highland Reeds’ HR3 drone reeds

In February 2020, for their appearance and tone, I bought a used set of silver and faux ivory 1980 Kintail bagpipes. I then spent months trying to bring that tone properly to the surface, where I could be confident that they would still be near in tune whenever I picked […]

Dougie Pincock reviews Tryst/Kinnaris Quintet

Dougie Pincock reviews Tryst/Kinnaris Quintet

The National Piping Centre. Friday, August 13. As compère, Fergus Muirhead noted, Piping Live! has always showcased the huge diversity of bagpipe music. This concert was a great example of that. Funding was received from the PRS Foundation Open Fund to commission five Scottish composers to make new pieces for […]

Michael Grey reviews the Silver Chanter and RCS showcase

Michael Grey reviews the Silver Chanter and RCS showcase

By Michael Grey Silver Chanter (August 7) The 55th MacCrimmon recital for the Silver Chanter was a fitting start to this year’s Piping Live! festival. With six pipers from among our very best, a well-lit stage and a breathing, drinking, honest-to-goodness live audience, festival organisers chose well. Of course, this […]

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Three Orkney businesses all contributed to bringing you this very well presented book: The Orkney Brewery, Sheila Fleet Jewellery and The Brig Larder restaurant. I suppose that’s a sign of the character of this collection as a whole. To me, the central themes that radiate from this collection are Family, […]

Dan Nevans reviews The Shasta Collection of Modern Piobaireachd

Dan Nevans reviews The Shasta Collection of Modern Piobaireachd

I think it’s safe to say that ceòl mòr is enjoying its perhaps fourth revival. The post Jacobean/Ossianic era produced much interest and began the culture of competitive piobaireachd as we know it. Queen Victoria’s Scottish obsession spawned much of the fundament of piobaireachd recording and performance we have today […]