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Old 12-11-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Neil Angus MacDonald, Barra

If you have seen "Tight Little Island" aka "Whisky Galore" then you must remember the scene where the piper plays for a foursome reel, or something like it. This is the piper, Neil Angus MacDonald.

I bought his book of tunes when it came out not knowing what it was. It turned out to be my first introduction to "Gaelic piping," for lack of a better term.
The old gentleman in the doorway is The Coddie, John MacPherson, a great story teller also from Barra. Compton MacKenzie wrote the novel the movie is based upon, and appeared in it as the Captain. Even though the story takes place in Eriskay, the movie was filmed in Barra.
Calum Johnston played at Compton MacKenzie's funeral, during which he caught a chill and never recovered. Neil Angus inherited Johnston's silver and ivory pipes.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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One of my favorite movies, which I finally got a copy of a few years ago, when it was made available in the states.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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Back in the 1980s when I was competing regularly at Inverness, we always stayed at the West End Hotel on Kenneth Street. Neil Angus and his wife Nan lived just across the road, and I got into the habit of visiting them every year. An absolutely lovely couple. His book is superb and quite neglected -- full of great little strathspeys, reels, slow airs.

There is a 6/8 march by Neil Angus in it called "Ann Fionghall MacDonald" that I liked quite a bit. I played it at the Northern Meeting ceilidh one evening and after I'd finished a woman came up to me just beaming and saying, "You played my tune! You played my tune!" It was Ann herself. She was Neil Angus's daughter of course, and she had never heard her tune played by anyone but her father. I'm not sure to this day I've ever received a more joyful response to anything I've played.

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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If you have seen "Tight Little Island" aka "Whisky Galore" then you must remember the scene where the piper plays for a foursome reel, or something like it. This is the piper, Neil Angus MacDonald.

I bought his book of tunes when it came out not knowing what it was. It turned out to be my first introduction to "Gaelic piping," for lack of a better term.
The old gentleman in the doorway is The Coddie, John MacPherson, a great story teller also from Barra. Compton MacKenzie wrote the novel the movie is based upon, and appeared in it as the Captain. Even though the story takes place in Eriskay, the movie was filmed in Barra.
Calum Johnston played at Compton MacKenzie's funeral, during which he caught a chill and never recovered. Neil Angus inherited Johnston's silver and ivory pipes.
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Zo... R G Hardie pipes in the picture above?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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Zo... R G Hardie pipes in the picture above?
Doubt it - Bob Hardie didn't make his first set of pipes until about 1949 or 1950 and is owned (and has been from new) by Iain MacFadyen. Pipes in the photo look very similar to my 1890s Henderson's.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Does this book have a name? Thanks
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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It's called "New Bagpipe Collection of Old and Traditional Settings"

Good luck finding it though... (if you find two, let me know)
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:47 AM   #8
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Thanks, Dan. I'll keep you posted!

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:44 AM   #9
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Luckily that book was one of the many i bought as a younster for that One single tune, resulting in a pile which are now about 3 .5 ft in height As I recall the main reel that is played is Mrs MacLeod of Raasay
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:27 AM   #10
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Hi
This might be an early Christmas present for Joe Baker and Danc I got a copy of that book from the link below.

All the best.

http://www.piobmhor.dircon.co.uk/pio.../pipeband.html
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