The Circular Breath

By Gordon Duncan

  1. Mrs. MacDonald, Glenuig
    Isabell MacDonald
  2. The High Drive
  3. The Jolly Tinker
    Tain In The Rain
    Ash City
  4. Clan Meets Tribe
  5. Contradiction
  6. Donald MacLennan’s Tuning Phrase
    Gan Ainm
    I Laid A Herring In Salt
    John MacDougall’s Exercise
  7. Pressed For Time
    Earl Of Seaforth’s Salute
  8. Shepherd’s Crook
    Nadia McIsaac
    Loch Loskin
    Inveraray Castle
    John McKechnie
    Mrs. MacPherson Of Inveran
    The Sheepwife
  9. Galician (c.o.GDuncan)
    Blow My Chanter
    The Famous Baravan
  10. Craig’s Pipes
    The Woman Of The House
    Trip To Sligo
  11. MacDougall’s Gathering

Three comments

Re: The Circular Breath

Issued in 1997 by the great Gordon Duncan.
The album includes 7 of Gordon’s compositions for the Highland pipes and a classic rewriting of The Contradiction Reel.
The sleeve notes contain actual notes the shape of 7 fully scored tunes:
The High Drive
Pressed for Time?
The Contradiction (arr. G Duncan )
Ash City
Tain in the Rain
The Famous Baravan
Blow my Chanter
…staffed out with pipering grace notes and all.

Re: The Circular Breath

I’ll post the arrangement of the contradiction and the Galician muñeira shortly…

Re: The Circular Breath

…a shouldav said, "7 compositions including his arrangement of The Contradiction Reel."
In actual terms, very much a Gordon Duncan tune for he gave that reel a total face lift, without any loss of character or energy.