PP Audio Archive

‘Come and take choice of all my library and so beguile thy sorrow’ …… Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act IV, Scene 1.

Piping Press Audio Archive features bands and soloists of the past and present eras. If any reader has a recording they think might be suitable for the this archive please forward it on to the usual address.

We prefer recordings in the best quality possible but obviously we should not expect too much from older material. We have audio editing facilities which will be able to clean up a lot of extraneous noise. So the message is, if you have anything at all that you feel would be suitable and you would like to share it with the wider piping and pipe band community then forward it on. All recordings will be fully acknowledged and credited.

To download an audio lesson on any of the tunes you like click here and select either Ceol Mor Tuition for piobaireachd or Ceol Beag Tuition for light music.

Recordings are grouped in playlists. Scroll down to select the track you want to hear. These recordings are brought to you free thanks to the generosity of the pipers featured and thanks to your support for our advertisers and the Piping Press Shop.


John Bottomley’s third placed tune in the Shasta Piping Society’s composing competition for an original piobaireachd:


Dave Mason’s second-placed tune in the 2017 Shasta Piping Society Original Piobaireachd Composing Competition:


Jori Chisolhm’s winning tune in the 2017 Shasta Piping Society Original Piobaireachd Composing Competition:


Gordon McCready with the winning performance from the 2017 SPA Professional Piobaireachd competition:


Dr John MacAskill with the ground d of his own piobaireachd, Rubh an Dunain, reproduced courtesy Cailean Maclean, Skye:


Two marches from ‘wee’ Donald Maclean:


A lecture on the master piper and composer Willie Lawrie, Ballachulish. This is from our copy of a BBC programme compiled by Seumas MacNeill for the ‘Masters of Piping’ radio series:


A lecture on one of the giants of the past, P/M Robert Reid, made for BBC radio by Seumas MacNeill in the early 1970s as part of the ‘Masters of Piping’ series. The piping is by P/M RG Hardie:


Angus Nicol on Gaelic pronunciation of some piobaireachd titles. Click here to read the article which accompanies this recording:


P/M Gordon Walker plays light music:


Alan Bevan


Donald MacPherson


John MacFadyen


Hugh MacCallum


Iain Speirs


John MacDougall


John MacDonald, Inverness


Jimmy McIntosh


P/M Alasdair Gillies


Chris Terry


Bob Brown


Captain Andrew Pitkeathly


William Geddes plays Ceol Mor


P/M Donald MacLeod


P/M Robert Reid


Robert Wallace


Angus MacColl

6 thoughts on “PP Audio Archive”

  1. Jimmy Mcintosh mbe, the king of piobaireachd! Great piping on a lovely set of pipes. You are a great man and a world class piper. Thank you for all the piping help over the years. Your bold friend to the end! Nick Carpellotti.

    1. I had Jimmy this past year 2016 at the NAAPD in NC. He is a gentleman, and great teacher of piobaireachd, and I received a great deal out of his technique, and method of teaching. His new book is awesome. Thanks Jimmy. Bill Ray

  2. MacFadyen’s “Too Long” brings back some great memories of the bold, in-your-face style that was part of his personality as well as his music. Love the open fosgailte. I’ve played it for years, often in this tune and a number of others, like MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart, The Wee Spree, and The Groat. This variation needs a revival.

    1. My late piping teacher Jimmy Greig (Edinburgh Police, Clan MacFarlane) taught me to play “Too Long In This Condition” with the open fosgailte also, so it never occurred to me to do it any other way, and yes….I think it’s a great variation. “Too Long” was the tune Jimmy played to win a presentation practice chanter while with The Black Watch in Germany back in 1951. P.M. J.B. Robertson (Scots Guards) was the judge that day.

      1. I remember Jimmy well in my youth. Never got to know him, and didn’t know a lot about him other than his band history. Didn’t even know he was a piobaireachd player! Do you know who taught him his piob’d?

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