This episode’s tune is a little something for the upcoming holiday season: “The Death of the Wren.” This small, driving reel is not unlike many of the idiom, with echoes of more commonly heard melody lines hidden in its old measures. The title likely commemorates the killing of “the King of all birds” on St. […]
In this episode, we dive back into the Campbell Canntaireachd for a tune that suggests a stronger piping link between Ireland and Scotland than we typically consider. Listen to the podcast for more history and a rendition on the bagpipe.
It’s been quite a while since the last Small Tunes Podcast. Let’s catch up with “Home Rule,” a tune that dates from Ireland of the mid- to late 19th century. Home Rule was a powerful political idea that stood at the heart of much of the social turmoil in Ireland from about the 1860s to […]
Small Tunes Podcast: “Hodin Hiotra,” One of the Cragich, from the Campbell Canntaireachd by Vince Janoski
On this episode I present an unpublished piobaireachd interpreted directly from the Nether Lorn Canntaireachd, or Campbell Canntaireachd as it is known. The two volumes of the Campbell Canntaireachd have been an inexhaustible resource for students of piobaireachd for nearly two hundred years. The original manuscripts still exist at the Royal Library in Edinburgh and […]
The “Small Tunes” series on this blog has been a feature for some time. From it’s earliest incarnation as set downloadable bagpipe scores to a podcast with some history and a performance of the tune on the Highland bagpipe, a goodly collection has arisen—and with more still to come. You can access all the posts […]keep looking »