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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, […]

Set Tunes analysis: Isabel MacKay

Set Tunes analysis: Isabel MacKay

Today, we kick off yet another occasional series, this time on the tunes that are set regularly for the major solo piping competitions. The first tune to be discussed is Isabel MacKay. The tune was last set in 2016, although it is in the current CLASP list. Here to take […]

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

Those alternative settings are sometimes worth an airing

By Peter McCalister For better or worse, tune settings in the Kilberry book, and in the Piobaireachd Society’s (PS) collection, have become known as the ‘usual’ versions – and other versions as ‘alternative’ settings. Why play an alternative setting of a tune? The PS has, over the last 80 years […]