Well, I have to say this is a stellar group of people. So much help and so many suggestions. Thanks, Jim, I will look into your suggestions.
>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
Man's Love is of man's life a thing apart, 'Tis a woman's whole existence."
We come spinning out of nothingness scattering stars, the stars form a circle, and in the center we dance.