Small Tunes Podcast: “Saint Columba”

Friday, July 3, 2015
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This episode’s tune is “Saint Columba,” a march/polka named for the ancient Irish Christian saint. Columba, or “Columcille” as he is known, spearheaded an age of high learning…

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Cuaich Side”

Friday, February 6, 2015
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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…

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Collin the Piper”

Friday, October 31, 2014
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No Samhain celebration is complete without a spooky story and a tune. Today’s Small Tunes podcast is a tale that brings together a bagpiper, a puca, and Angus…

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Kilmartin Castle”

Friday, October 17, 2014
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Today’s tune is an inviting quick march “Kilmartin Castle,” composed in the late nineteenth century by Donald Campbell. The real Kilmartin Castle still stands overlooking the village of…

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Small Tunes Podcast: “The Red Coat”

Friday, September 5, 2014
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“The Red Coat” is tune that evokes the image of pressing red-coated English infantryman—something that has been forever burned into the American cultural consciousness. The “strathspey” is also something forever burned into the musical consciousness of all pipers. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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