Tag: Tim Cummings

Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell, the former Downing Street Press Secretary and Official Spokesperson to Prime Minister Tony Blair, has made a plea for the Ukrainian national anthem to be played on the Highland pipes when Scotland’s national football team meets Ukraine. The game will take place at Hampden Park on June 1 […]

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

By TIM CUMMINGS Piping Today #81, 2016. In the previous round of this Theory Top-Up series, we began to look at familiar tunes whose original melodies spanned beyond the nine-note range of the standard Scottish pipe chanter.  The word ‘compression’ was introduced as a way of describing the process of […]

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in G-major

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in G-major

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #78, 2015. In this Theory Top-Up series, we have already explored the nine specific musical keys that are most commonly found in our Highland pipe repertoire.  My best guess is we’ve covered approximately 95% of our repertoire in this way.  There’s not much left but […]

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in the Dorian mode

Theory Top-Up: Tunes in the Dorian mode

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #77, 2015. Having already investigated tunes in the keys of A-Major, D-Major, B-minor, A-Mixolydian, as well as tunes that are pentatonic, “gapped”, and those considered to have a “double-tonic”, we have now covered approximately 90% of the Scottish pipe tune repertoire in this Top-Up series. […]

Theory Top-Up: Double Tonic Tunes

Theory Top-Up: Double Tonic Tunes

By Tim Cummings Piping Today #76, 2015. Imagine for a moment that it’s February in the North Country, and you’ve been invited to a friend’s sauna.  You enter into the thick, steamy, blanketing air of the sauna, which in midwinter feels absolutely wonderful, rapidly softening petrified muscles that have been […]

New album from Tim / Bonar overall at Balmoral Classic

New album from Tim / Bonar overall at Balmoral Classic

US piper, Tim Cummings has released an interesting new album. The Birds’ Flight is the culmination of several years’ worth of collaboration between Tim and Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song), and Brad Kolodner (banjo). The Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist has included traditional pipe tunes restyled as Appalachian-style hoedowns and waltzes. Tim […]