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    Found! Early Copy of Donald MacLeod’s Piobaire...

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Found! Early Copy of Donald MacLeod’s Piobaireachd Album

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pipehacker_piobandpancakes_2015Some time before PM Donald MacLeod’s seminal piobaireachd album “Positively Piobaireachd” become known, “wee Donald” tested the piping market with this early release “Piobaireachd & Pancakes,” an album of original piobaireachd inspired by Donald’s affection for a hearty pile of flapjacks. Donald developed his liking for johnnycakes on one of his many trips to the USA. It was said that only a small number of copies were pressed, sat unsold and moldering in several Glasgow record shops, and then gathered up and burned in a Hogmanay bonfire on the outskirts of Stornaway. Donald MacLeod must be smiling down upon us all for this lone copy was discovered in a long abandoned bed & breakfast on Long Island, NY as the building was being cleared for demolition. Some of the older locals remember “that little Scottish man” who used to stay over from time to time. They say the owner used to play the strangest bagpipe music ever for guests each morning. Guests stopped coming eventually for some unknown reason, but everyone agreed that the inn did make the most delicious pancakes.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Cuaich Side”

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This episode’s tune is “Cuaich Side,” a rather modern sounding reel from the nineteenth century composed by William MacDonald. William MacDonald was a premier piper of the middle to late 1800s. Download the score below and listen to the podcast for more information and background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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