Reviews

  • 87 78: reflections on the past 87 78: reflections on the pastJanuary 31, 2016

    Andrew Bova reviews the "Live In Ireland In Scotland" concert . . .

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  • Block and roll Block and rollOctober 12, 2015

    Andrew Bonar reviews the new collection from the Shotts pipe-major . . .

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  • Ready and able Ready and ableAugust 13, 2015

    Neil Nicholson of MacKenzie Caledonian reviews the SFU Pre-World's Concert in Glasgow . . .

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  • Oozing swing and musical hooks Oozing swing and musical hooksJuly 26, 2015

    Adrian Melvin reviews the new ScottishPower recording

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  • Lang in comin’ Lang in comin’July 2, 2015

    William Donaldson reviews Book 16 of the Piobaireachd Society Collection . . .

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  • Not your father’s pipe band album Not your father’s pipe band albumMay 22, 2015

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

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  • An American road trip An American road tripMay 13, 2015

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

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  • A meaningful collection A meaningful collectionMarch 8, 2015

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

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  • Pipes only in isolation? Think again. Pipes only in isolation? Think again.March 7, 2015

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

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  • Highs and lows of an inside pitch Highs and lows of an inside pitchJanuary 31, 2015

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

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  • The Big Music in a big way The Big Music in a big wayJanuary 22, 2015

    Tom Speirs reviews Jimmy McIntosh 144-page opus, his personal homage to piobaireachd . . .

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  • Revving up the drones Revving up the dronesNovember 23, 2014

    Bill Livingstone reviews X-TREME Drone Reeds (Premium) from Chris Armstrong Bagpipe Products

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  • Long-lasting impression Long-lasting impressionOctober 11, 2014

    A review of the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada's new CD, At Long Last . . .

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  • So much more than a “pipe band concert” So much more than a “pipe band concert”August 14, 2014

    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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  • File under: Pibroc’h File under: Pibroc’hJuly 23, 2014

    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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  • A Leabhaire for the unwashed masses A Leabhaire for the unwashed massesApril 6, 2014

    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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  • Taking it all in Taking it all inFebruary 14, 2014

    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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  • Stories from the diseased Stories from the diseasedDecember 11, 2013

    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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  • Something wicked this way covers Something wicked this way coversOctober 17, 2013

    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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  • Tune mining in Oz Tune mining in OzSeptember 11, 2013

    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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  • Rise up . . . and up . . . and up (HD video highlights) Rise up . . . and up . . . and up (HD video highlights)August 15, 2013

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

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  • The tight I had the goat The tight I had the goatJuly 2, 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.

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  • Power play Power playJune 17, 2013

    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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  • The Wright stuff The Wright stuffJune 12, 2013

    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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  • Free-falling for sweet laser F’s Free-falling for sweet laser F’sApril 21, 2013

    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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