Reviews

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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..

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.)

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  • 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..

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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  • New York Metro Pipe Band Pipe-Major Michael Mahoney reviews the May 4, 2012, concert at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

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  • Dr. Jack Taylor, President of the Piobaireachd Society, provides subscribers to pipes|drums with his assessment ¨C by video ¨C of Jim McGillivray’s new Piobaireachd Fingerwork how-to companion to the technical aspects of ceol mor in another pipes|drums first.

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  • P-M Patrick Lynch of the Grade 1 City of Chicago Pipe Band reviews the new PipeTech Precision Plus Bagpipe Tuner from PipeTech of Scotland

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