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    Small Tunes: “Christmas Carousing”

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    Small Tunes Podcast: “Kilmartin Castle”

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Small Tunes: “Christmas Carousing”

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piperswantsanta“Christmas Carousing” is a tune that captures the spirit of the yuletide holidays with no mysterious double meanings in its title. It is what it says on the tin. This arrangement is from The Piper’s Delight, a slim but interesting collection compiled by the late, great Robert Reid. Reid had his own ideas about piping and pipe music and the classic tunes collected in his book bear his unmistakable stamp and offer more than a few interesting twists.

The tune “Christmas Carousing” is a fun, spirited reel that makes its first published appearance in the 1848 collection of William Gunn. Past that, it was in just about every published bagpipe music collection that saw print up until the pre-war collection of the Seaforth Highlanders. No more carousing was had at Christmas after that it seems until the tune suddenly reemerges in Duncan Johnstone’s Book 3, Strathspeys and Reels, published in the 1990s. A great tune to throw down in your future holiday music-making. Download the set score and have a listen to the tune below. Peace and goodwill to all! Have a Merry Christmas!

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Pipehacker Gift Guide 2014: Lost Bagpipe Music Collections!

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onejudgetoomany_pipehackerADirkintheSide_pipehackerCopies of One Judge Too Many are extremely rare. Those who posses one keep it safe and hidden. Luckily, Morrinen’s sister has released the last previously unknown case of pristine copies to the National Piping Centre. Certainly they will fetch a fair price. Everyone remembers the Silver Medal contest where Rab Morrinen threw the timer light and put John MacFadyen in hospital. His antics on the boards were legendary, a fiery temper and fingers to match. His fits of rage were so common that pipers now refer to their own “Morrinen moment” when emotions run high. A fatal busking incident with a tight-fisted New Zealander cut his promising piping career quite short.

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