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Piping Traditions of the Inner Isles
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Traditional Music
John Donald
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01 July 2012
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Piping Traditions of the Inner Isles

The West Coast of Scotland
by Bridget Mackenzie - Find out more about the author

A follow-on to two earlier books on piping traditions this book covers the Inner Isles from Arran to Raasay, excluding Skye, which is covered in a separate book. Written for all piping enthusiasts, this is not an academic study but instead aims to pass on the piping lore that used to be handed down with the music to piping pupils, but is no longer. Written in a light and readable style, the book takes a wide sweep of the pipers, places and piping stories of the islands, including the rich piping tradition in Tiree, the Rankins piping school on Mull, legendary figures such as jovial Andrew MacNeil in Colonsay and the great Mackay pipers of Raasay. Notes on the tunes also give guidance to the mood of a piece. This book is essential reading for any piper who wants to know about the background of the music.

Bridget Mackenzie gained a degree from the University of Oxford and an MLitt from the University of Glasgow, where she became a lecturer in Old Norse. She published a number of articles and other books on piping, including Piping Traditions of the North of Scotland, Piping Traditions of Argyll, and Piping Traditions of the Isle of Skye. She received a Saltire Society award for her contribution to the understanding of Highland culture. Bridget passed away in 2014.


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