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Digging the Dird

A pdf version of the article on the Lowland Scots Reel by Pete Stewart [originally published in Common Stock, December 2011] is now available by clicking HERE [I.4MB fiel opens in new tab]

New CD - The Lomond Ensemble

'The Lass of Pettie's Mill':

A new recording by The Lomond Ensemble of music from the Balcarres Lute manuscript c.1695.

Lowland pipes, smallpipes, lute, clarsach, fiddle, recorders, whistles, songs

Available from the shop: Click HERE

Finlay MacDonald Band

Searching for photos of Teaching Weekend tutor Finlay MacDonald I came across this video from 2007; not quite what you expect in the Royal Scottish Pipers Society perhaps...



Gouging the cane  Have you ever considered making your own reeds?
This resource [work in progress] aims to help ...


Fairly Shot of Her

In the December issue of Common Stock we printed three versions of this tune, two from the 17th century and one from the 19th; here are a number of 18th & early 19th century versions, chosen for their variety of 'interpretations' and 'developments' of the original song theme, which I currently take to be that notated by Henry Atkinson in his manuscript, though there may have been a 'different' tune in circulation which eventually got concatenated with Atkinson's.


A Highland Pipers Guide to Music

A Pipers’ Guide to Music [to read this white on black click here]

One consequence of the changes that have taken place in Scottish piping in recent years is that pipers who formerly played only from music written for the Great Highland Bagpipe now find themselves being presented with music for other instruments, music which makes demands on the players which they have not met with before.