pipetunes.ca presents . . . Tune of the Month: “Colin Mackay,” a classic hornpipe from teenage fingers

Published: May 2, 2013

Jim McGillivray continues his exclusive series with Reay Mackay’s hornpipe, composed as a kid in 1954. Subscribers to pipes|drums can enjoy the original manuscript of the tune, a classic image of a very young Reay Mackay with Colin Mackay, and instructional scores and sound files of McGillivray on the Deger pipe.

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