siubhal’s twenty-five comments

  • . The name ‘Corney is coming’.

    'Gorrie is Coming' (Thanig Gorrie) is the name of a pibroch recorded by a piper named Campbell in his collecttion, The Nether Lorne MS, around the end of the 18th century. It is a totally different tune, but the title echoes a song from Man about King Gor... more…

  • Walking the Floor

    I should add that he was still in Washington DC in 1961, where I saw him, along with his brother Malcolm, in the well-known 'Mac's Bar' in Georgetown, which featured occasional bursts of piping by people like himself. more…

  • Walking the Floor

    I can confirm Weejie's excellent biography of Jack Chisholm, as he taught me to play the pipes over fifty years ago. He made this tune while trying to put his infant son to sleep. more…

  • Braigh Loch Iall

    The first part is the air for a traditional gaelic song; it was first published as a slow air on the pipes by Donald MacLeod who added the second part. Various singers have recorded it. Try the Tobar an Dualchais website, where you can hear him playing hi... more…

  • Portree Bay

    Right enough; this is a highland pipe march originally, published in the Scots Guards Collection, and composed by a Skye piper. It makes a good jig, so it does. more…

  • The Hen’s March

    Although composed by Donald MacLeod, the first three bars are identical to an older march called "I've Lost My Way" in David Glen's Collection; Glen's 4th bar contains the notes B E E E. more…

  • Mrs. MacDonald of Dunach

    Yes, as crunluath says, it was composed by Willie Lawrie, as was Capt. Carsewell; both were published back in the thirties (Lawrie died during WW!). I don't recall the 'Helen L' part of the name appearing then. more…

  • Re: Ancient music

    Just remembered - there was a tune displayed here a while back called 'March of th Kings of Laois' which is very similar to one in the highland pipe tradition called 'Duncan macRae of Kintail's Lament'. more…

  • Re: Ancient music

    In The Nether Lorne MSS (mid 18th century) there is a tune called 'one of the Irish Piobaireachd', suggesting that this type of music, although now absent, was once played there. The same tune appears in the MacGregor/Macarthur MS as 'The Bard's Lament'. more…

  • John Center was a well-known professional piper and highly-respected maker of bagpipes, as well as a professional photographer. When he emigrated for Australia in 1908, his pipemaking business in Edinburgh was taken over by James Robertson. There is phot... more…