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Dan Nevans: the spirit of rock ‘n roll

Dan Nevans: the spirit of rock ‘n roll

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Don’t start reading this blog yet. Go to Spotify and bang on this playlist here. No shuffling. Play as it is from end to end. At a volume that will get you an ASBO (that’s an Anti-Social Behaviour Order for those not familair with Scotland’s crime legislation). […]

Robert Nicol, left, and Robert Reid.

We should not overstate the differences in our playing styles

Differences in playing styles is the subject of this opinion piece taken from the December 2004 Piping Times. By Duncan Watson A number of years ago while discussing the various aspects of The Unjust Incarceration with the late Donald Morrison, he related what I found to be an interesting story. […]

John Mulhearn locks down new album

John Mulhearn locks down new album

Few would dispute that the piping scene in Scotland has changed hugely since 20 years ago. In that time a significant swathe of pipers has emerged that have eschewed the world of competition entirely. Not because they’re not good enough – they most certainly are – but because the competition […]

More classic articles / New collections

More classic articles / New collections

More classic articles from our archives have been uploaded to the site today. From 1980-1981 Captain John A. MacLellan MBE published an introductory pibroch pieces that provide a sound explanation of the structure and notation of the music. The series was aimed at the junior piper but the information will […]

The structure of piobaireachd, 1

The structure of piobaireachd, 1

By Captain John A MacLellan MBE Piobaireachd, or ceòl mòr as many pipers prefer to call it, can be classified under various headings, all of which have some effect on the production of the music. Some of these classifications are more important than others. Probably of least importance, is the […]

The structure of piobaireachd, 2

The structure of piobaireachd, 2

By Capt. John A. MacLellan MBE We have seen in the previous article on the structure of piobaireachd how the various classifications which are part of ceòl mòr influence its meaning. Pipers do not necessarily recognise the same elements in a piece of music. To some, a lament may appear […]

The structure of piobaireachd, 4

The structure of piobaireachd, 4

Playing a piobaireachd By Capt. John A. MacLellan Now that the notation and structure of piobaireachd has been explained it is time to consider methods of producing a musical performance. The first consideration must always be the tuning of the bagpipe. As piobaireachd music produces many long notes it is […]

The notation of piobaireachd

The notation of piobaireachd

By Capt. John A. MacLellan MBE All piobaireachd available to pipers today, the exception of reprints, are abbreviated. Strangely, this innovation can be traced to Angus MacKay (just other example of his brilliant musical mind). His manuscript, as far as the piobaireachd volumes are concerned, is largely abbreviated. The piobaireachd […]

The structure of piobaireachd, 3

The structure of piobaireachd, 3

By Capt. John A. MacLellan MBE The next phrase patterns to be discussed are those which incorporate the TERTIARY grouping. This title just signifies a third classification. The main characteristic is, that each of the three lines are of equal length, (remember both “Primary” and ‘’Secondary” had a metre of […]