Latest news

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 4

• From the September 1980 Piping Times. By Bridget MacKenzie This is the last of a series of four articles by Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie on the interesting parallel between Scottish ceòl mòr and other art forms. Pre-polyphonic music in early 16th century Italy had certain features in common with ceòl […]

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 3

• From the August 1980 Piping Times. This is the third of a series of four articles by Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie on the interesting parallel between Scottish ceòl mòr and other art form. The evidence of early exchange of ideas and techniques is scanty and circumstantial, but it does suggest […]

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 2

• From the May 1980 Piping Times. By Bridget MacKenzie This is the second of a series of articles by Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie on the interesting parallel between Scottish ceòl mòr and Norse skaldic verse. In some of the less regular piobaireachd, some interpreters phrase the music in such a […]

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 1

• From the March 1980 Piping Times. Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie, nee Gordon, was, until her marriage to Dr. Alex MacKenzie, lecturer in Old Norse in the Department of English Language at Glasgow University. A graduate of Oxford and Glasgow, she is a daughter of the late Professor E. V. Gordon, […]

Kilberry Book: The Society takes the plunge

Kilberry Book: The Society takes the plunge

• From the January 2001 Piping Times. The first excerpt of the story of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor told how the idea for the book germinated in the mind of the author Archibald Campbell and of his early concerns over the cost of publication and content. The story […]

The story of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

The story of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

• From the December 2000 Piping Times. The Kilberry Book is the most popular collection of piobaireachd ever published. Despite largely unwarranted controversy surrounding it and its author, it has sold, and continues to sell, hundreds of copies annually throughout the world. Its success has been founded on the easy […]

McAdam’s roads and the history of the march

McAdam’s roads and the history of the march

• From the February 2000 Piping Times. By David Murray Some time ago when I was presenting ‘The Noble Instrument’ on BBC Radio Scotland I talked about the origins of the bagpipe march. The feedback was encouraging enough for the Piping Times to urge me to commit my thoughts to […]

Grumbles, gratitude and a rapid reprint

Grumbles, gratitude and a rapid reprint

• From the February 2001 Piping Times. The conclusion of the talk on the history of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor, given at the Piobaireachd Society conference last year [2000]. By James Campbell Then there were two matters raised by Rothiemurchus which I suspect stemmed from conversation with John […]

Kingdom Thistle draw

Kingdom Thistle draw

The Kingdom Thistle Solo Piping & Drumming Championship takes place this Saturday (13th) at Lochgelly High School, Fife. This contest is held in association with the RSPBA’s Dundee, Perth & Angus branch and has grown in popularity in recent years with some ‘big guns’ competing. This year sees the first […]

Stuart Letford: To the Lords of Convention

Stuart Letford: To the Lords of Convention

By Stuart Letford It was Jack Campin who years ago quipped that the only place you’ll ever see a well-dressed Border piper is on an undertaker’s slab. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) has been the organisation responsible for the revival of […]