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1 The Headlands R Cooper 2:40

2 Wild Rose of the Mountain J Mason

Betsy Robertson Traditional

Rose Amang the Heather "    

Green Grow the Rashes O "    

Cameron’s Got His Wife Again "    

The Wind that Shakes the Barley "     8:13


3 Locheil’s Welcome to Glasgow Traditional

Lord Macdonald of the Isles "    

The Blue Bonnets "     3:40


4 The Dark Island J McLachlan

Morag of Dunvegan R Mathieson

Salute to Vaternish J Ferguson

Sons of Glencoe Traditional

The Brown Haired Lass C Cameron 5:25


5 The Balkan Hills Traditional

John Macdonald Black A Fitchet

Cropie’s Strathspey Traditional

Small Coals for Nailers "    

Dunnechan "     5:26


6 The Merry Blacksmith "    

The Tushkar R Cooper

Miss Susan Cooper R Cooper

St Ninian’s Isle R Cooper 2:36


7 He’s Ower the Hills Traditional

John Grumlie "    

Craighall S Hamilton

Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife Traditional

Middlin Thank You "    

Teviot Brig "     4:41


8 Within a Mile o Edinburgh Toun Traditional

The Road and the Miles to Dundee "    

The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen "    

Lovely Stornoway "    

Bonnie Oban Bay "    

Ye Banks and Braes "    

Bonnie Gallowa "    

I Belong to Glasgow "     6:16


9 Bonnie Dundee Traditional

The Muckin o Geordie’s Byre "    

Pibroch o Donald Dhu "    

The Bugle Horn "    

Kenmure On and Awa "    

Midlothian Pipe Band "    

Cock o the North "     4:19


10 Roxburgh Castle Traditional

Kiss Me Quick "    

The Ton "    

McKenzie of Coull "    

Storrer’s Hornpipe "    

Kirk’s Hornpipe "    

Caddam Wood "     4:48


11 The Cameron Highlanders J S Skinner

The Laird o Drumblair J S Skinner

The Miller o Hirn J S Skinner

The Talisker J S Skinner

Bonnie Banchory J S Skinner 5:36


12 Calum Donaldson R Cooper

Hamilton Rant R Cooper

Far Frae Home Traditional

Mickie Ainsworth R Cooper 4:55


total running time on CD 58:43

Glasgow Caledonian Strathspey and Reel Society

Kilmarnock Caledonian Strathspey and Reel Society.

Annual Concert 1974


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1 Foreword: Andrew Fulton 5:06

2 Compere’s opening remarks: Rev James Currie 2:45

3 Patrol: Bonawe Highlanders; 10th HLI Crossing the Rhine 4:23

4 Flower of Quern; Atholl Highlanders 6:24

Songs: Miss Elizabeth Russell, Soprano

5 The Tocherless Lass 3:12

6 The Spinning Wheel 3:27

7 Selection: Eightsome Reels 7:04

Songs: Mr William Strachan, Tenor

8 The Bonnie Earl o Moray 3:29

9 Isle of Arran 3:55

10 Selection: Waltzes 6:08

total running time for this CD 46:04

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11 Second half opening remarks 2:14

12 Selection: Jigs 3:34

13 The Dark Isle; Belmont; Amazing Grace 8:09

Song: Miss Elizabeth Russell, Soprano

14 The Flowers o the Forest 3:10

15 Bonnie Dundee (set of Jigs) 4:02

Song: Mr William Strachan, Tenor

16 The Lass o Ballochmyle 3:17

17 Selection 4:47

Duet: Miss Russell and Mr Strachan

18 The Crooked Bawbee 6:19

19 Selection: Scotland the Brave; Bonnie Lass o Fyvie;

No Awa tae Bide Awa 3:47

20 23rd Psalm 1:48

21 Auld Lang Syne 2:02

22 Playout with Duke of Perth and Caddam Wood 2:42

total running time for this CD 45:51

William McCallum and P/M Donald MacLeod



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1 Introduction by George Philp 1:08

2 The Fairy Harp (Ground) 4:00

3 Intro 4 The Desperate Battle of the Birds 4:37

5 Intro 6 Mackay’s Banner (Ground and Variations) 9:48

7 Intro 8 The Vaunting
(Ground and Crunluath variations) 4:59

9 Intro 10 Macrae’s March (Ground) 2:16

11 Intro 12 The Massacre of Glencoe

(Ground and Variations

followed by Siubhal variations) 10:13

13 Intro 14 Tulloch Ard (Ground) 2:07

15 Intro 16 MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute (Lament) 1:44

17 Intro 18 I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand 2:27

19 Intro 20 Beloved Scotland (The Lost Pibroch) 10:10

21 Structure of the Pibroch:
illustrated on the chanter by W McCallum 18:13

22 Intro to Strathspeys 0:21

23 Inveraray Castle (Strathspey) 1:11

24 The Caledonian Society of London (Strathspey) 1:12

Total playing time on this CD 79:10

Piper William McCallum
(except item 3 by P/M Donald MacLeod)

Please note: Modern tune titles may vary
from those printed in the Neil Munro text.

Spoken references to "this cassette" appear on this CD because this recording was originally published in that format.

Scotsoun wishes to thank —

Ian MacDonald for his reading of the four lines in Gaelic preceding I Got a Kiss of the King's Hand

The University of Strathclyde for permission to record William McCallum within The Barony Hall, Glasgow and also

Sir Ian Noble, Mr John Noble and the Neil Munro Society for their support in the production of this cassette

The recording by P/M Donald MacLeod was made in the Nave of Dunfermline Abbey in 1977

Quotations (and the bagpipe illustration) are taken from The Lost Pibroch and Other Sheiling Stories by Neil Munro, published by House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR (ISBN 1 899863 10 9).
with introduction by Ronnie Renton ;
notes by Rennie McOwan and Rae MacGregor.       

THE LOST PIBROCH — notes by the piper

To the vast majority of Scots, the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe is something of a mystery. Pibroch is the original form of Bagpipe Music, developed before the later compositions such as Marches were part of the piper’s repertoire.

This branch of the music is not widely played, and although the percentage of Pibroch playing pipers is not known, the proportion would be surprisingly low.

Piobaireachd is the Gaelic word for Pipe music, but the term is generally used to denote the Ceol Mor or ‘big music’. This type of tune was composed to commemorate or celebrate such events as births, deaths, battles, gatherings of Clans, salutes to prominent people and to mark famous occasions. Examples of such tunes are: "Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor MacLeod", "Lament for the Earl of Antrim", "The Massacre of Glencoe" and "I got a Kiss of the King’s Hand".

Typically, a pibroch consists of a theme or Ground (called Urlar in Gaelic) followed by variations based on the melody and pattern of the Ground. The types of variations are of a similar character in many tunes, but not every tune will contain every type of Variation. The Variations build up in complexity of the embellishments and also tempo, reaching a musical climax usually with the Crunluath Variations – of which there are several types.

The playing of Pibroch, as well as testing the musical interpretation of the piper, is also a supreme test of the quality of technique, and the instrument itself. It is quite a challenge to put together a tune, bearing in mind the number of Variations that have to be navigated, and make something of a musical performance. A supreme performance will involve a very high level of each of these qualities.

Pibroch has been transmitted over hundreds of years, mostly by oral tradition, which conveyed the timing and musical interpretation in the teaching and passing on of the music. The musical side of the tunes can be passed on better by this method than by the placing of the notes on staff notation.

However, one feature of this is that, inevitably, over the centuries different interpretations and versions of the same tune evolved over a period of time. With communications two hundred years ago being poor, there were areas of Scotland where the tunes developed differently. This has led to a great deal of controversy as to the ‘correct’ way to play. I suspect the problem will go on and the mystery will never be solved.

The majority of Pibroch played today has come to us orally and through a number of major works such as the manuscripts and books of Angus Mackay, Donald MacDonald and the Campbell Canntaireachd. ‘Canntaireachd’ is a system of singing the tunes using syllables to denote the notes, gracenotes and other embellishments. There are a great number of other manuscripts in existence which have slightly different versions of tunes in some cases and widely differing settings of others.

The tunes mentioned in Neil Munro’s story "The Lost Pibroch" are attractive and well known. In some cases I have played the Ground only and in others I include the full tune.

When the tune ‘The Lost Pibroch’ is talked about, I thought the tune ‘Beloved Scotland’ was an apt one which describes the feeling of those who left Scotland as part of ‘the clearances’. The tune has a very gloomy feel to it and perhaps conjures up memories of those who were transported on ships bound for the New World. W.McC.

In Willie McCallum it can safely be said that "he brings the notes from the deeps of time". Willie is a piper of note having won both the Gold Medals of the Highland Society of London at Oban and Inverness; four Glenfiddich Championships; three Silver Chanters; the Bratach Gorm at London (twice); the Senior Pibroch at Oban (twice) and the Former Winners M S R at Oban (twice).

He was taught his skills initially by his uncle Ronald McCallum (Campbeltown), another uncle Hugh MacCallum and he also benefited from tuition by Ronald McCallum, Piper to the Duke of Argyll. G.P.

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1 Introductions by George Philp and Ronald Morrison (who made the selection) 1:03

Pipe Major Angus MacDonald, M.B.E.

2 Sine Bhan Gaelic Air D Johnstone (Islay) 2:10

3 Eileen MacDonald Jig Williamson 3:17

Nameless Jig Jig Williamson

Glasgow Police Pipers Jig PM D MacLeod

4 The 91st at Modder River Comp. March Traditional 3:48

Leaving Lunga Comp. March J Gordon

5 Caberfeidh Strathspey Traditional 3:58

Delvinside Strathspey Traditional

Smith of Chilliechassie Reel Traditional

Locheil’s awa tae France Reel Traditional

Duncan Johnstone

6 My Treasure, My Love Gaelic Air Traditional 7:12

A Dram before you go Jig Traditional

David Ross Jig PM A MacAulay

Center’s Bonnet Jig PM W Ross

Donella Beaton Jig G Johnson

7 Lament for Alan, my Son Piobaireachd D Johnstone 9:33

Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E.

8 Lament for Mary MacLeod Piobaireachd Traditional 4:55

9 Lord Alexander Kennedy March J Honeyman 4:24

Bridge of Perth Strathspey Traditional

Bridge of Perth Reel Traditional

10 Donald MacLeod’s tuning phrase (Nº 4) Slow Air 6:06

The Burn in the Hills Slow Air Traditional

Roderick MacDonald Jig PM D MacLeod

The Hammer on the Anvil Jig PM D MacLeod

The Warming of the Fingers Jig Traditional

The Hen’s Mairch ower the Midden arr. PM D MacLeod

total running time of this CD 46:26

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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E.

1 Millbank Cottage March W D Dumbreck 3:34

John Roy Stewart Strathspey Traditional

Roderick MacDonald Reel Donald MacLeod

2 Hio-tro-tro Piobaireachd Traditional 7:15

Pipe Major George Stoddart, B.E.M.

3 Ceilidh selection with electric piano 5:45

Duncan Johnstone

4 Bridge of Perth Strathspey Traditional 3:47

Miss Drummond of Perth Strathspey Traditional

Balmoral Castle Strathspey Traditional

Captain Jack Murray Strathspey Traditional

Traditional Reel Nº1 Reel Traditional

Traditional Reel Nº2 Reel Traditional

Calum the Tailor Reel Traditional

Irish Traditional Reel Traditional

Cup of Tea Reel Traditional

Pipe Major Angus MacDonald, M.B.E.

5 Tam Bain’s Lum Hornpipe D S Ramsay 3:26

Jim Tweedie’s Sea Legs Hornpipe J A MacGee

Calum Ross

6 Bheir mo shoraidh thar ghunnaidh Gaelic Song 2:47

Andrew Wright

7 Lament for Capt MacDougall Piobaireachd R MacDougall 12:11

Archie MacTaggart

8 O thoir a nall am botal Gaelic Song 2:33

Ellie MacDonald

9 Sodger’s Lass Poem * Dorothy Paulin 1:41

* by kind permission of her daughter Margaret Kaye (Flouers o the Forest played by Pipe Major Angus MacDonald)

total running time on this CD 43:00