Tag: Angus MacKay

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

I’ve long thought that Angus MacKay’s life would make for a great film. It has it all: sex, drugs (well, alcohol), rock n’ roll and a young death. Angus went from a childhood of poverty to an adolescence spent frequenting palaces and hobnobbing with the great and good of his […]

Queen Victoria as she looked in the 1840s-50s.

Piping in London – Part 3

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1848, a new society was formed in London and several papers reported on the founding: “Within the last few months a new society has been formed in London; not strictly for Scotchmen, but of the friends and admirers of Scotland. The new society takes the […]

International Uilleann Piping Day in Glasgow / Liddell recital in deep south / Piping in London, a history / Brìghde opens COP26

International Uilleann Piping Day in Glasgow / Liddell recital in deep south / Piping in London, a history / Brìghde opens COP26

Renowned uilleann piper, Jarlath Henderson, is holding a master class for uilleann pipers this weekend in Scotland to mark the tenth International Uilleann Piping Day. The event will take place this Saturday (6th) from 1.00pm-9.00pm at the National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping building in Glasgow’s […]

Angus MacKay family portrait / PT caption contest

Angus MacKay family portrait / PT caption contest

An Australian descendant of the 19th century piping genius, Angus MacKay is to donate a family portrait to the Museum of Piping at the National Piping Centre. The portrait, pictured below, appears to be an early photograph of Angus’ wife Mary (née Russell) and their son, John. It has been […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

By Roderick D. Cannon When attempting to compare Gesto’s canntaireachd staff notation we have some helpful resources which we can call upon. There are some other written records of canntaireachd, especially one compiled by Angus MacKay consisting of short quotations of tunes. They are quite possibly from Angus’s father, but […]

The elusive appoggiatura

The elusive appoggiatura

In the spring 2000 edition of The Voice, Dr. John A. MacAskill conducted an interview with James Campbell, the son Archibald Campbell of Kilberry. When MacAskill asked him what he considered to be his greatest legacy, Campbell replied: “… I have taken pride in my contribution in the Piping Times […]

Stories of the Tunes – Beloved Scotland

Stories of the Tunes – Beloved Scotland

By Dugald B. MacNeill Nearly 30 years ago I heard John MacFadyen play this tune on the wireless. I was on holiday near Taynuilt at the time and it was one of the piping broadcasts I have enjoyed most. The very few other pipers who played it then and some […]

Novel gives a new voice to Angus MacKay

Novel gives a new voice to Angus MacKay

One of the most eagerly awaited piping books in many years will be published this spring. I Piped, That She Might Dance is a novel based on the life of Angus MacKay, the man who became the most famous piper of his own lifetime and whose legacy continues to this […]

Let’s cut out the vitriol and join together to effect improvement

Let’s cut out the vitriol and join together to effect improvement

In 2000, as the new millennium dawned, William Donaldson published his controversial The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950. It was a landmark publication and it remains a masterly – and controversial – work. It should be part of any piper’s library. In his book, Donaldson takes a swipe at […]

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for Mary MacLeod

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for Mary MacLeod

The year is around 1707. It is only a couple of years since the burial of Sir Norman MacLeod of Berneray, one of the most famous chiefs of the Berneray branch of the MacLeods of Harris. He was the third son of Sir Roderick XV of Harris and Dunvegan. Today, […]