December 31, 2006

BBC2 documentary on MacDonald brothers to air January 4

The Uist Media Group – producers of the PlanetPipe online broadcasting service and TradTunes, the Celtic music download outlet – have produced a new television documentary on Allan, Angus and Iain MacDonald, the famous piping brothers of Glenuig, Scotland, that will air on BBC2 on January 4, 2007, at 7:15 pm.

“Ceòl mo Bhràthair (My Brother’s Music)” celebrates the musical talent of the brothers, each of whom has gained fame in piping on the world stage. The 45-minute documentary delves into the lives of the brothers and follows them as they prepare for a special concert for friends and family at the Glenuig town hall.

As pipers, Allan and “Dr. Angus” MacDonald achieved the most competition success, each Highland Society of London Gold Medallists and winners of the Clasp at the Northern Meeting. Iain MacDonald’s fame has come mainly from his work with folk groups, currently with the Battlefield Band and Musician in Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye.

Dr. Angus MacDonald is a practicing general practitioner on Skye. He lived in Nova Scotia for 11 years, practicing medicine in Cape Breton. Allan MacDonald is known for his academic research into the relationship between pipe music and Gaelic song, and has produced several critically acclaimed recordings with Margaret Stewart that showcase his talent as an instrumentalist and singer.

The Ceòl mo Bhràthair concert includes performances from Stewart and singer Kathleen MacInnes, and collaborations with the well known folk musicians, Allan Henderson, Iain MacFarlane, and Ross Martin.


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