Brìghde played a wide-ranging set of tunes on both the Highland pipes and smallpipes. She began with a selection of 6/8 marches, including MacLeod of Mull and MacNeill of Ugadale. She then played some hornpipes and jigs and continued with the MSR, Braes of Castle Grant, MacBeth’s Strathspey and the Sheepwife before playing the piobaireachd, MacDougall’s Gathering.
Brìghde then played Scottish and Galician tunes on the smallpipes before finishing her set with some Gaelic Airs and a traditional set including the jig Three Wise Men Beyond the Glen.
St Mary’s Church Haddington is a beautiful venue for piping with great acoustics for this well-attended event and the good folk of the kirk are to be congratulated for organising the recital for this young piper. Here is a short sample of her playing:
I knew that Roderick and Elizabeth had for many years actively and practically supported the charity ‘Age Concern’. However, only a few days ago I was made aware that Roderick regularly visited the elderly in the ‘lifers’ unit of Norwich Prison. A report in the charities newsletter regarding this quietly conducted act of service stated ‘He gave his time and compassion – never asking why these lonely men were there, just accepting them as they are. He brought humour and friendship’. A most fitting tribute to Roderick Cannon.
A new letter on the Canadian National Exhibition Tattoo/ Intercontinental Pipe Band Championships today. These were great days in the 70s when bands from Scotland and Ireland had a chance to meet their North American counterparts on their home soil. Great friendships were made, great Canadian Pipe Majors such as Ken Eller, Ed Neigh and Gordy Tuck became household names this side of the Atlantic, and the pipe band world was bound together like never before – all thanks to the men behind the CNE Tattoo.