• Tom Speirs reviews Jimmy McIntosh 144-page opus, his personal homage to piobaireachd . . .

  • Bill Livingstone reviews X-TREME Drone Reeds (Premium) from Chris Armstrong Bagpipe Products

  • A review of the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada’s new CD, At Long Last . . .

  • Euan Anderson reviews the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band’s Ceolry concert, from the crucible of pipe band performance stages . . .

  • Nick Hudson of Pittsburgh reviews Xavier Boderiou’s “Morenn,” an adventurous new CD based on the big music of the Highland pipes . . .

  • Instead of ingratiating yourself with the usual F-ing and C-ing, you can now learn to be just as foul but a lot more discreet with a new book.

  • 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

  • James MacHattie reviews the new ‘Generation 3 Bagpipe Cover’ from Highland Gear, a product with new material that promises to wick moisture away from the pipe bag by using new fabric.

  • Jim Stack reviews the new CD – Live at the Quarry – by the Grade 1 Western Australia Police Pipe Band, recorded at the band’s concert last March at an outdoor amphitheatre venue in Perth

  • A review of “Ascension,” the concert by the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, August 14, 2013

  • A review of the unique glued goatskin pipe bag with access zipper and rubber drone and blowpipe stock grommets by Lee & Sons Bagpipes, total price $389, available directly from the manufacturer.

  • 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.

  • Bill Livingstone reviews the new, comprehensive analysis of ceol mor by the renowned Andrew Wright and finds a book that’s required repeated reading by any serious student of piobaireachd.

  • Pat Lynch reviews “Forte – Live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall,” the new DVD by the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band of their August 2012 Pre-World’s Concert performance

  • Ross Hanning of Wellington, New Zealand, reviews the latest collection from Michael Grey – “Damned Suites” – the sixth book of music from the prolific Ontario-based composer and arranger.

  • Michael Grey reviews Celtic Connections’ Annual Piping Concert, this year the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and Bagad Lorient ¨C a historic event as the final concert appearance by the legendary police pipe band under its current identity.

  • 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.)

  • Ken Eller reviews the Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume III ¨C or “cots Guards 3″ ¨C 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..

  • 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.

  • Former Triumph Street Pipe Band Pipe-Major Hal Senyk reviews the new all-digitial collection of 76 compositions by Scotland’s Chris Armstrong

  • Forte, the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band in concert, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, August 8, 2012

  • Donald McBride reviews “A Unan,” the new CD by Breton pipers Xavier Boderiou, Sylvain Hamon, Herv¨¦ Le Floc’h and Alexis Meunier . . . and he likes it . . . a lot . . . a really a lot

  • 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.

  • Kyle Coughlin of Aurora, Ontario, reviews “Bagpipe Star,” the new bagpipe karaoke DVD from Perth, Australia and, dude, disovers his inner-Angus Young . . .



January 25Robert Burns Day
  • It’s time for Scottish solo piping reform
    Tue, 20 Jan 2015
    The Scottish solo piping scene is a singular beast. While Scotland invented the idea of Highland pipers competing with subjective music judged by “authorities,” there’s really no other country on earth that still uses its system. …
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UPCOMING EVENTS January 31, 2015More Ceol Mor! Piobaireachd WorkshopMoss Park Armoury, Toronto

February 6, 2015Mid-Winter Celtic FestivalRegina, SK

February 6, 20152015 Pipe & Drum Weekend – Atlanta Piping Foundation, Inc.Holiday Inn 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Atlanta GA 30341

February 7, 2015Casco Bay Solo Piping ContestPortland ME

February 14, 2015Queen Mary Scottish FestivalLong Beach, California

Ever have trouble deciding if your F is just a bit flat or sharp? If you think it’s flat, lift the D finger up and if it come into better pitch, you know you need to raise the tape slightly. If it’s not, well then, you have your answer as well.
Bruce Gandy