Tag: Breabach

16 questions with … John Dew

16 questions with … John Dew

1. How are you these days?I’m pretty well. I didn’t think I’d be missing the business of university but with restrictions in place I’m going a little mad. Other than that, I’m grand. I spent four years studying on the BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree course at the Royal […]

The structure of piobaireachd, 1

The structure of piobaireachd, 1

By Captain John A MacLellan MBE Piobaireachd, or ceòl mòr as many pipers prefer to call it, can be classified under various headings, all of which have some effect on the production of the music. Some of these classifications are more important than others. Probably of least importance, is the […]

The Simon Fraser letters 7

The Simon Fraser letters 7

From The International Piper, August 1981. April 5, 1913,“The Early History of the MacCrimmons: Related by Themselves to Captain Macleod of Gesto.” Dr. K. N. MacDonald. It appears that in 1826 the late Captain Neil Macleod of Gesto wrote a history of the McCrimmons, or McCrummens, embracing a great many […]

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Piper and multi-instrumentalist, Calum MacCrimmon of Scottish folk band Breabach, who were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 ‘Best Band’ Folk award of 2011, talks about the importance of having a concert pitch B-flat chanter. Calum attended Celtic Connections in 2004 as part of The National Youth Pipe Band of […]