February 28, 2005

Bill Livingstone to launch compact disc series

The famous solo piper and pipe-major, Bill Livingstone of Whitby, Ontario, will launch a series of eight compact discs in the next week in San Francisco.

The first four volumes of A Piobaireachd Diary will be unveiled, with four more to come in the future. The CDs each comprise studio and live performances of Livingstone’s favourite pieces of ceol mor. A “narration” by Livingstone precedes each tune.

Entirely self-funded, Livingstone has worked with Doug Stronach of Eclipse Musical Productions to create the series. Stronach and Livingstone developed a recording technique for the piobaireachds recorded in his studio whereby Livingstone was able to walk, in typical piobaireachd-playing-fashion, with little or no degradation of sound quality.

The piobaireachds included in the first four volumes are:

  • “Lament for the Harp Tree”
  • “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”
  • “The Daughter’s Lament”
  • “Lament for the Only Son”
  • “Lament for the Laird of Annapool”
  • “The Battle of the Pass of Crieff”
  • “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
  • “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
  • “Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy”
  • “In Praise of Morag”
  • “Lament for the Children”
  • “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
  • “The Old Men of the Shells”

    Volumes three and four of A Piobaireachd Diary comprise live performances culled from Livingstone’s many performances at the Dan Reid Memorial Recital/Competition in San Francisco.

    While Livingstone is one of the world’s most accomplished competing pipers, the solo project is only his third, and first made in Canada since his now out-of-production Gold Medallist LP of 1978.


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