Tag: Allan MacDonald

Ian Green of Greentrax Recordings: embracing piping in all its forms

Ian Green of Greentrax Recordings: embracing piping in all its forms

As Greentrax Recordings this week announced the upcoming July release of the new Kyle Warren album, Relentless, we take another look at a Piping Today interview with Ian Green of Greentrax. In this article Chris MacKenzie speaks to Ian about how he first got involved recording pipers and pipe bands, […]

Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society competition entries now open

Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society competition entries now open

Entries are open for this year’s annual bellows piping competition organised by the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS), and they have also announced a Piobaireachd Masterclass weekend with Allan MacDonald. The competition takes place on Saturday, April 9 at the Burgh Halls in the historical West Lothian town of […]

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Legendary piper, Allan MacDonald received the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards last night. Director of Piping at the National Piping Centre, Finlay MacDonald presented MacDonald with his award. Allan MacDonald [pictured], a former lecturer on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Scottish Academy […]

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 […]