The Highland Sessions from the BBC

“The Highland Sessions” by the BBC are several years old now, but a wealth of great musical sets await the canny video seeker. Here is the inimitable Allan MacDonald performing “Duncan MacRae of Kintail’s Lament” whilst making the smooth transition into the Irish tune “The March of the King of Loais.” The piobaireachd stands as one example in MacDonald’s thesis of the relationship many piobaireachd have to the song traditions of the Highlands and Ireland, even going so far as making the claim that these two tunes are one and the same. Watching this it is hard to argue.

And for more familiar fare, here is Allan with brother Iain on a set of reels concluding with “The Little Cascade.”

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