Old School: thoughts on c¨¨ol m¨°r with four piping legends – Lt.-Col. David Murray

Published: July 31, 2010

Our series of archival interviews with four legends of piping, exclusively for subscribers to pipes|drums, concludes with Lieutenant-Colonel David Murray. The interviews were recorded by a 17-year-old Iain Speirs, himself now a piping luminary, as part of high school project in 1989 that focused on the state of piobaireachd at the time, tapping each interview subject for his thoughts and opinions on where the music may be heading. The relatively brief conversations are each fascinating looks into the philosophies and perspectives of each man. In this final instalment, Lieutenant Colonel David Murray, the distinguished military man and a famous “amateur” piper taught by the great Robert Reid, meets with Speirs and provides fascinating personal perspectives on piobaireachd.

 
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