Various Artists - A Controversy of Pipers

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 In the 1970s and 1980s, as the bagpipe began to appear in Scottish folk groups, there was a concern amongst the establishment that bagpiping could be diluted by a rash of inferior players and a lack of regard for the tradition. The fear proved unfounded and this album of solo piping, first released in 1983, brought together many of the best pipers in the folk revival (from groups such as Battlefield Band, Whistlebinkies, Ossian, Clutha, Kentigern) and illustrates the integrity and ability of the players involved. Many of the pipers have now gone on to become household names and this recording provides a superb musical snapshot of history in the making.

"Both the pipers pedigree and their considerable abilities are beyond questions. Their choice of tunes ranges from the household to the obscure.

All in all, this is a fine production from Robin Morton covering most styles, including 2/4, 4/4 and 6/8 marches, slow airs, hornpipes, strathspeys, reels and pibroch.    

Track list:
1. The Souters of Cromarty / Stronsaul / Donald Camerons Pipes
2. Roddy MacDonalds / Balmoral Castle / Captain Jack Murray / Loch Roag / Lady Doll Sinclair / Twisted Fingers
3. The Deer Forest / Helen Black of Inveran
4. Newmarket House / Inspector Donald Campbell / Paddy O Rafferty
5. Lament For Alan My Son
6. Nine European Dance Tunes
7. A Song For Winter / Pipe Major Jimmy MacGregor / The Maids On The Green
8. Hugh Kennedy / Dora MacLeod / Pretty Marion
9. Angus MacKenzie of Dumbarton / The Loch Ness Monster / Islays Charms
10. James Cameron Stuart / Donalds Favourite / Kenmore Lassies / Salmon Fishers
11. Gruagach Og An Fhuilt Bhan / Swallows Tail / Gravel Walk / Rakish Paddy

Artists on this album:
Jimmy Anderson
Pipe Major Iain MacDonald
Iain MacDonald
Duncan MacGillivray
Dougie Pincock
Robert Wallace

Further Information:
First released in 1983. Re-issued on CD in 1995

Temple Records Catalogue Number: COMD 1008

Produced by Robin Morton

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