When I wrote about Peg Kingman’s new novel “Not Yet Drown’d” earlier this month I created a new category, to include it and the Cynthia Thayer novel “A Certain Slant of Light”, since I could hardly believe that there would be more than one novel written about piobaireachd.
Turns out I should remove my tongue from my . . . → Read More: Piobaireachd stories – no joking matter!
Before the week is out, be sure to listen to BBC Scotland’s Pipeline show.
This week’s edition features an interview with two of the big hitters in contemporary piobaireachd interpretation, Barnaby Brown and Allan MacDonald, and performances from the new CD release on Barnaby’s Siubhal label, Dastirum.
I have written about this CD recently, but it’s . . . → Read More: Dastirum – the pipers speak!
A couple of nights ago I played an interesting gig. I was contacted by a man who wanted to surprise his wife with some piping on their 15th wedding anniversary. We made the arrangements and I showed up at the appointed hour, expecting to find a party in full swing and a crowd of . . . → Read More: An unusual performance
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve just come across another novel that features piobaireachd.
Dedicated readers of this site (you know who you are) will recall that back in July I wrote about the novel “A Certain Slant of Light”, by Cynthia Thayer. That story used pipe tunes (many of them piobaireachd) as . . . → Read More: Not another novel about piobaireachd!
Yesterday WUSPBA, the Western United States Pipe Band Association, made it official – my band, The Wasatch and District Pipe Band has been moved up to Grade 3.
This move is clearly the consequence of some very hard work on the part of those involved in the running of our band, and the band members themselves. . . . → Read More: I Play in a Grade 3 Band!
Last night I hurried along to the second in the series of Piobaireachd workshops given by our band instructor, Justin Howland.
I have been practicing since last meeting (take note, Justin!), and I am beginning to get the hang of the edre movement. In an earlier post on piobaireachd technique, I referred to an article . . . → Read More: Piobaireachd Workshop – 2nd Meeting