I have played the highland pipes many years. Part of the advice that you
have received is true to the extent that what you are looking for is
for the most part undeveloped.The reason for that is that there are
limitations with the legato nine notes that is the range of the chanter
The expectation that drives the piping community is for bright zippy
tunes, that in general, street bands can play and be well
received.(thereby, the driving force in the piping effort)
At times I do get into a reflective state and explore some of the
'pastoral pieces, which I perceive to be part of your quest,
Let me say this... there are pastoral pipes (hot blown) , and Uilleann
pipes (cold blown) that do a better job. but they don't sound like the
A little tongue in cheek history... When the righteous English lords
forbade the pipes a lot was lost, but still exists well of the beaten
track.One place to look is a book of old airs and where the range to no
more than one octave you may have found one that did sneak through.
where to go from here...In my opinion take up the bag pipes and do it
your way. There is no musical experience in this world like the
Another possibility is Ian Mac Harg of the group
Prydein. I can't speak for Ian, but I do know he is a piper with stellar
depth. If You can get a dialog going with him I think you will find what
you are looking for. Ian is an excellent piper, instructor and spokesman
for the pipes Don't be mislead by the Celtic rock image of the Prydein
group. (with their crash bang music)
The prydein group is out of Burlington Vt and have a web page, and a my
space page http://www.myspace.com/prydein1
Hope this helps ...happy hunting
> U R probably right, Steph. It's all a pipe dream. But thanks a lot
> for all the suggestions everyone has given me. I will check
> everything out, hoping I can at least hear some sound clips from some
> of these albums. And by the way, for the more difficult to find, one
> can go to gemm dot com. I found two albums from a Scottish band long
> disbanded, from back in the 70's! Vicki
>> From: Stephanie Steely <[log in to unmask]> Date: 2006/10/13 Fri PM
>> 06:41:23 CDT To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: The
>> Bagpipes Go To The Movies (Off -Topic)
>> Vicki, I have a feeling that what you are looking for does not
>> exist. At least I've never seen it and I own dozens of CD's of
>> Scottish traditional music, including pipe bands. I know of no pipe
>> bands that play regularly with one or a few vocalists as opposed to
>> giant choruses singing the like of Amazing Grace, Highland
>> Cathedral, and Flower of Scotland . The pipes are inflexible in
>> that there is no volume control. They are either on or off, a fact
>> that does not lend itself well to nuanced songs like ballads; and
>> the more of them there are, the more pronounced the effect.
>> The best use of highland pipes in a vocal setting -- and in all
>> cases there is only a single bagpipe involved -- are Battlefield
>> Band (mentioned by Tom); many of Brian McNeill's albums (No Gods
>> and Back of the North Wind come particularly to mind); Clan Alba,
>> who produced one amazing double album of the same name; Ceolbeg
>> (Unfair Dance, Not the Bunny Hop, Seeds to the Wind, Ceolbeg 5,
>> Cairnwater); and the Whistlebinkies (too many albums to mention).
>> Of all these, I think that Brian McNeill and Ceolbeg have done some
>> of the most interesting vocal and bagpipe combinations on songs
>> that are ballad-like in terms of nuance and tenderness. Ceolbeg
>> also has some effective bagpipe and harp duets! But, again, these
>> are all single bagpipes, not bands.
>> The most interesting pipe band album I have by far -- no vocals at
>> all though -- is Spirit of the '45 by the Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe
>> Band. Although there are marches and the rest of the usual pipe
>> band fare, there are tracks that are downright evocative in that
>> the band used varying numbers of instruments and distance from the
>> recording devices to create variations in volume that you rarely
>> hear on these types of recordings. It is a thematic album, filled
>> with tunes associated with the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and with
>> Bonnie Prince Charlie so you may have heard many of the tunes
>> before but I find this album to be a cut above the typical pipe
>> band production.
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "vickicohen.shaw"
>> <[log in to unmask]> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 11:18 AM Subject: Re: The Bagpipes
>> Go To The Movies (Off -Topic)
>>> I guess ballads would be the ticket.
>>> Pipes playing torch songs? You Give me Fever by pipes???
>>> Wouldn't get me
>> in the mood! Jazz by ppes? Oy Vey! I will unashamedly confess
>> that Amazing Grace played by one or 100 pipes has to be one of the
>> most beautiful sounds in the world. laugh at me if you want, but
>> it raises the hair on my head and gives me goose bumps. Go ahead,
>>>> Are you looking for a full pipe band playing what exactly?
>>>> Reels? Torch songs? Ballads? Jazz? What exactly are "good
>>>> Tom ----- Original Message ----- From: "vickicohen.shaw"
>>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> Thanks! I have seen them perform, actually, and I love them,
>>>>> but in
>>>> case I guess I am looking for mega bagpipes playing good songs
>>>> instead of military marches and when Irish Eyes are Smiling or
>>>> Danny Boy. Get my drift?
>>> Man's Love is of man's life a thing apart, 'Tis a woman's whole
>>> Lord Byron
>>> We come spinning out of nothingness scattering stars, the stars
>>> form a
>> circle, and in the center we dance.
> Man's Love is of man's life a thing apart, 'Tis a woman's whole
> existence." Lord Byron
> We come spinning out of nothingness scattering stars, the stars form
> a circle, and in the center we dance. Rumi