I join the Piobaireachd Society!

[Anyone who reads my blog must wonder at its resemblance to the eclipse cycle. It’s not that there’s nothing to write about, simply that I neglect it between posts!]

In any case, this seemed like big enough news that I ought to make some sort of comment. Thanks to the generosity of my Mother (who actually got me into piping in the first place), I am now a member of the august organization that is the Piobaireachd Society.

It has been fashionable (since the Society was formed, really) to denigrate it for all sorts of reasons (and sometimes for no reason). Well, I’m here to tell you that an organization such as this is equal to the sum of its parts, and I’m delighted to become a part of it as it enters its second century. Times are changing, and the Piobaireachd Society is well-poised to become the major positive influence on the continuing history of this beautiful music that it ought to be.

Anyone who cares about the music should consider joining and add their efforts to the mix. In recent months the website has been dramatically overhauled and now features a fantastic members’ section, with a lot of archival materials including some stunning recordings. I’ll try to review of few of them in the weeks ahead as I get to grips with them all – I think there are about 40! The webmaster, John Gow, has been hard at work and some public thanks is probably due him for his efforts!

Anyway, expect to hear more from me in coming days and weeks, and I will try to review some of the tunes that are available on the website (including those available to non-members), just to give you a taste!

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