Euan MacCrimmon reports: ‘Hi Rob, We had a fantastic recital from Niall Stewart [pictured above on the night, 20/2/15] on Friday night (70+ in audience) and Brian Yates of Inverness Piping Society has written a report – link attached. The report has a link to Niall’s full list of tunes. Regards, Euan.’
Brian’s report begins: ‘Niall Stewart treated the packed house of 75 to a wonderful evening of piping. He gave a superb recital, playing a well-balanced mix of new music, classic greats, and old favourites. Niall Stewart now teaches pipes in Lochalsh and South Skye. Having won last year’s Silver Star and the MSR at the Glenfiddich, it goes without saying he is in top form – as was abundantly evident last night. He began his first half in a traditional way, warming up the audience with what I think is a very underrated genre: the 6/8 march. His Bengullion and Dovecote Park had all the swing and lift that tunes of this type should have.
‘He followed these with a pair of strathspeys (Glentruim and Dora MacLeod) and a pair of reels (The Sheepwife and Ca’ the Ewes). After a brief re-tune he continued to show the audience why he won what he has this past year playing three 2/4 marches, beginning with the very melodic P/M J MacWilliams. This he followed with The 74th’s Farewell to Edinburgh and Arthur Bignold……’
Read the full report here.
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Two new letters today, one from the son of the late Denver Cardwell and the other concerning an old photograph of Muirheads drummers from the 1960s. Read them here. Read also Denver’s essay on the role of pipe band management.
New comments too from Mhairi McCulloch, Peter Bain‘s daughter.