Tag: Roddy Ross

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

By ANDRA NOBLE Roderick – Roddy – Sutherland Ross, who died in Grimsby, Lincolnshire on August 13, 2016, aged 95, was a well known name in piping. He was a noted piper and author of Binneas is Boreraig, the acclaimed six-volume work on the piping of Malcolm Macpherson. Roddy, pictured […]

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

This new edition of Binneas is Boreraig reincarnates the most innovative written piobaireachd collection of the 20th century. It is the only one showing tunes precisely as they were played by a master. And it shows them exceptionally well. ‘Binneas is Boreraig’ means ‘Melody and Boreraig’. The original edition, published […]

Aerial photograph of Boreraig. The two red spots show the sites of the old MacCrimmon 'college' and the memorial cairn.

Journey to Glendale, 1931

As reported yesterday, this month’s edition of the Piping Times features the last article written by Dr Roddy Ross. It is a ‘deep’ article, one that dwells on Celtic mysticism, the MacCrimmons, and ceòl mòr. Today, we reproduce an article written by written by Roddy in the late 1990s and published […]

Diary: Boney Invitational/SPA/the ‘Piping Times’

Diary: Boney Invitational/SPA/the ‘Piping Times’

Yesterday’s pictorial from the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships included a great photo of the late Andrew Bonar of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Andrew was a member of the Canadian band for many years. Before he died in 2017 at the age of 51, Andrew initiated an annual invitational […]

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 […]