Last night I played for a outdoor wedding at a beautiful and secluded ranch in the mountains outside Salt Lake City. I was asked to play for about a half hour prior to the service, while the guests were arriving.
About half-way through this, the wedding organizer came up to me and asked if I could . . . → Read More: A Pastoral Moment
If you like the tune “Too Long in this Condition” (and what’s not to like?) you should check out this week’s edition of Pipeline.
The tune is played by Pipe Major Roddy Weir (formerly of the Army School of Piping) but, unlike most performances I have heard recently, Roddy chooses to play the Binneas is Boreraig version. . . . → Read More: Familiar Piobaireachd, less familiar version
For reasons too numerous to mention I have not posted for nearly two months. I didn’t really notice the time passing (which is either good or bad), so now I ought to rectify the situation.
It seemed reasonable (after such a long break) to start back by referencing my previous two posts, and I can do . . . → Read More: I’m back…and I choose a tune from my previous two posts!
In 1615 James Macdonald of Islay, beginning what was to be the final chapter in the Macdonalds’ struggle against the rule of England and Scottish surrogate rulers, escaped from Edinburgh castle to fight one last time with the clans against the crown.
Among the clans he gathered to his cause were the Macfies of Colonsay under their . . . → Read More: A bittersweet piobaireachd
Because this wonderful tune is on the Piobaireachd Society’s Silver Medal Tune List for 2008, I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot of it this year.
Alex Gandy (Bruce Gandy’s son) played it at the Winter Storm competition in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago. You can hear Alex’s performance courtesy of . . . → Read More: I Am Proud To Play A Pipe – new performances
Well, I guess it’s a stretch, but I had this literary device hanging over me, so I decided to use part of it right away.
Two weeks ago the Midwest Highland Arts Fund held their Annual Winter Storm Weekend, an indoor piping and drumming competition. The competition draws top pipers from across North America and even . . . → Read More: Something Blue? Winter Storm Piobaireachd.