Tag: Allan MacDonald

Hamish Moore: It might lead to dancing

Hamish Moore: It might lead to dancing

I wonder if you have ever heard the old joke – “Why is the Free Kirk so opposed to sex before marriage?” Answer – “Because it might lead to dancing.” I am first going to make the assumption that everyone reading this regards the pipes as a musical instrument and […]

A 2021 season? / LBPS competition / Tony Crease tribute

A 2021 season? / LBPS competition / Tony Crease tribute

Things look increasingly bleak for hopes of a return to a normal competition season this year, whether in the pipe band world or in solo piping. It’s only mid-January yet several major non-piping outdoor music events have already been cancelled, including, yesterday, the massive pop music festival held at Glastonbury […]

‘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 […]

Stuart Letford: The new piping normal

Stuart Letford: The new piping normal

“We will not succeed in navigating the complex environment of the future by peering relentlessly into a rear view mirror. To do so, we would be out of our minds.” – Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds (Capstone, 2001). Like most of you, I have now spent eight weeks self-isolating. […]

The image of an unchanging art form

The image of an unchanging art form

Part 2 of Iain MacInnes’s 2000 John MacFadyen Lecture Competition is very much part and parcel of the piping culture here in Scotland, and its shaped not just the music, but also the style of performance. It all goes back to 1781, when the Highland Society of London started the […]

Just for Gordon

Just for Gordon

Just for Gordon concert at Celtic Connections 2016. On stage from left is Ian Duncan, Allan MacDonald, Lorne MacDougall, Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Gary West, Ross Ainslie, Alex Duncan and Ali Hutton