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Old 03-17-2019, 05:53 PM   #11
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Sorry I have made a typo, Its 'Last of the Free'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Free-H...gateway&sr=8-1
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:39 PM   #12
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Sorry I have made a typo, Its 'Last of the Free'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Free-H...gateway&sr=8-1
No worries! I made a typo myself. It's a shame that the edit button disappears have some short period of time. I suppose it makes sense -- there are some unsavory characters on the web!
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:46 AM   #13
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Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745 - 1945. John G. Gibson


Great, great read. Among other things, it addresses in detail myths like the banning of the pipes.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:31 AM   #14
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I enjoyed lots of the information found in
Pipers: A Guide to the Players And Music of the Highland Bagpipe by William Donaldson


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Old 03-19-2019, 03:28 PM   #15
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Hey,


good thread. thanks!


Just read - A Piper's tale by Fergus Muirhead


Have Dance to the Piper by Barry Shears in my "next to read" pile.


Cheers!
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:31 AM   #16
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A lovely book which is about a highland life that revolved around piping is Angus Macpherson's "A Highlander Looks Back".

That's Angus Macpherson, who, as the son of Malcolm (of the Macpherson style/school, tutor of John MacDonald of Inverness among others and whose bewhiskered face appears in various books including the Kilberry Collection), grew up totally immersed in piping, was piper to the Carnegies and later ran an hotel at Inveran (ie Mrs Macpherson of the tune). He is said to have attended every Northern Meeting from the 1870s until 1970. It must be out of print now (my copy was published in 1970 but the first edition was in about 1953) and might be a bit difficult to find but a second hand copy could be located. It will give you a real first hand account.


You might be interested in Seamus MacNeills "Masters of Piping" - totally piping focused but much more recent and probably available from the CoP/Piping Centre
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:25 AM   #17
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Angus MacPherson's autobiography can be found online here...

https://archive.org/details/cu31924029811209

It may be a cultural or generational thing, but Alice does not get many mentions in the story of his life.
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Old 03-23-2019, 12:54 PM   #18
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Both of Gibson's books have a lot of history and my new publication "Play it Like you Sing It: The Shears Collection of Bagpipe Culture and Dance Music from Nova Scotia (Vol. 1&2) adds considerable to John 's work filling in important details on several piping families such as the MacIntyres, MacNeils, and several others. Volume 1 concentrates on the history of many of these piping families , Chapter 3 "The Instruments"examines bagpipe making in Scotland with numerous photos of several immigrant bagpipes to NS, discussion on the local bagpipe making cottage industry including images of locally made bagpipes, Chapter 4 Language and music takes a look at the method of transmission of tunes within families highlighting the Puirt a Beul (mouth Music) and canntaireachd methods learning music. Volume 2 concentrates on the music and includes 249 tunes, 19 arranged for the violin but almost half of these can also be played on the pipes. Vol 2 also includes 0ver 85 puirt a beul for the tunes with English translations. As with all my book there are lots of photographs. Some have used in my other collections but there there are some recently discovered images which show several women pipers in NS at the turn of the last century further supporting the idea that, for many parts of NS, the bagpipe was not gender specific. Included in the collection of music is also a long forgotten tune genre known as the Strathspey Minuet complete with local sung words.
Lots to chew on check it out on my web site

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Old 03-23-2019, 06:06 PM   #19
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Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions! I will compile a proper list soon that folks can edit and add to as needed. I'm sure there's many more wonderful piping books out there to be discovered!

Cheers,
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:57 AM   #20
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Keeping in mind that much of the music we play is dance music, I recommend two books by George S Emmerson

Rantin' Pipe And Tremblin' String

Scotland Through Her Country Dances
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