OK, so it would be nice to play a tune that commemorates a great victory of your clan over the degenerates who live in the next valley over. Sadly, for the Macfies this is not the case.
The Macfies (or MacPhee, MacPhie, etc.), despite a long and interesting history there, were finally kicked off . . . → Read More: The Rout of the MacPhees
Every year the Piobaireachd Society publishes 3 lists of about 8 tunes it “recommends” for performance in solo piping competitions in the coming year. The lists are for Senior, Gold and Silver Medal competition level. The Society’s recommendations are basically the de facto tune list for solo piping in piobaireachd.
Some have complained . . . → Read More: Piobaireachd Society Set Tunes for 2008
What connections are there between Finland and Scotland? Well, here are a few: they each have hard-to-learn languages (Finnish and Scots Gaelic are right up there with Navajo), they are both cold quite a bit of the time, and, of course, both countries have great music.
Since I am one quarter Finnish (on my Father’s side), . . . → Read More: Other Finnish Pipers
Last night was the monthly meeting of the Utah Piobaireachd Society. We started out by discussing the “pulse” of a tune, and how it’s not the same as a beat in light music. Then we illustrated this for ourselves by group-learning MacCrimmon Will Never Return. It’s a cool tune and quite repetitive, but . . . → Read More: Utah Piobaireachd Society – April Meeting
The Salt Lake Scots (Salt Lake Valley’s pipe band) have a new website up. At least I think it’s fairly new. I used to check periodically, but their site always said it was under construction. Well, there’s a website there now, and it looks pretty good.
The band has chosen its custom . . . → Read More: Salt Lake Scots’ New Website