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Stories of the Tunes – My Home

Stories of the Tunes – My Home

By Roderick Cannon This well known air has had a varied history, in the course of which it has become separated into at least two distinct tunes, played on the pipes as a slow march and a jig. It first appears in Patrick MacDonald’s collection of Highland Vocal Airs (1784), […]

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 2

• From the May 1980 Piping Times. By Bridget MacKenzie This is the second of a series of articles by Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie on the interesting parallel between Scottish ceòl mòr and Norse skaldic verse. In some of the less regular piobaireachd, some interpreters phrase the music in such a […]