For subscribers only, Colin MacLellan reviews "Ascension – Live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall," the new double CD package by the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, and awards the project a rating rarely given to any recording or product reviewed on pipes|drums.
Andy Fuller of Adelaide, Australia, reviews Fergus Muirhead's 'A Piper's Tale - Stories from the World's Top Pipers,' a 204-page book that he finds - perhaps surprisingly - very engaging for pipers, drummers, enthusiasts or even the great masses unafflicted by the strange, benign virus that is the GHB
Ed Neigh reviews the June 14, 2013, Forte concert at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg, Ontario, and finds that the band was ready to take on the challenge - and then some . . . even in a hockey arena.
Barbara MacDonald reviews two new collections: The Balmoral Collection of Hymns, compiled by George Balderose, and A Collection of Music for the Great Highland Bagpipe, compiled by Pipe-Major Derek W.J. Potter.
Kylie MacHattie reviews "Voicing Scotland," a new book by BBC Radio Scotland Pipeline presenter Gary West, on how "the traditions of lyrics, music, stories and literature identify and support Scotland's national identity in these pre-referendum times." (Subscribers only.)
Michael Grey reviews Celtic Connections' Annual Piping Concert, this year the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and Bagad Lorient – a historic event as the final concert appearance by the legendary police pipe band under its current identity. The concert, held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, is one of the major events of the festival, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the two-week celebration of Celtic folk music. (Includes video highlights.)
Brian Niven of Melbourne reviews "Live from New York City," the latest project by the six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, recorded at their concert at Lincoln Center in Manhattan in May 2012.
Ken Eller reviews the Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume III – or "Scots Guards 3" – one of the largest print collection of pipe music to be published in 30 years. He takes pipes|drums subscribers through the book's highlights, and ponders some important questions of copyright and acknowledgment, as well as matters of style and taste. At $75 a pop, this potential Christmas gift is a guarded decision for pipers.
Bill Livingstone gives the new AyrFire chanter from Ayrshire Bagpipes a thorough critique, and clues in pipes|drums subscribers to his take on the latest instrument for pipers, with an aggressive price-point.
Jack Taylor video-reviews Piobaireachd Fingerwork RATING
Dr. Jack Taylor, President of the Piobaireachd Society, provides subscribers to pipes|drums with his assessment – by video – of Jim McGillivray's new Piobaireachd Fingerwork how-to companion to the technical aspects of ceol mor in another pipes|drums first.
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.