Reviews

  • Matt Pantaleoni reviews the new CD from the August 2014 Glasgow Police Ceolry Concert . . .

     
  • Ben McClamrock reviews the new documentary on the 2012 trip with five stars of piping and drumming . . .

     
  • Lynda Mackay reviews The Winnipeg Collection, compiled by Nathan Mitchell . . .

     
  • Euan Anderson reviews March 6th The Big Music Society concert in Glasgow.

     
  • Jamie Cuthill reviews the Campbell Tunable Chanter from Campbell Bagpipes . . .

     
  • 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.

     

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: When making a taorluath or crunluath from D, slightly flex the right-hand’s fingers out a bit just before the movement. This will help to lift the ring-finger for that B gracenote.
Andrew Berthoff, pipes|drums