PP Audio Archive

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.

This is the winning composition for a tune to commemorate the life and bravery of airman John Cruickshank VC. It was written by Mr Dave Mason, South Africa, and played here by him. The competition, launched in 2018, was sponsored by the Royal Northern and University Club Aberdeen and Piping Press.

A superb programme about the life and times of Pipe Major Willie Ross made for BBC Radio Scotland by Seumas MacNeill and featuring the playing of John Burgess with short interviews with Duncan Cameron, Islay, Ed Essen, Vancouver, DR MacLennan, Angus MacAulay, South Uist and John Burgess.

The Echoes of Oban 1952 featuring an introduction from Seumas MacNeill, a short talk from Dr Kenneth MacKay, and the playing of P/M Donald MacLeod:

One of the masters oif the past, Hector MacFadyen, playes a selection of light music:

Young professional piper Cameron MacDougall plays his winning tune, The Old men of the Shells, from the SPA piobaireachd competition 2018:

The Echoes of Oban 1956 at the College of Piping. Featured pipers are P/M Ronald Lawrie playing his own tune Glenfinnan Highland Gathering and an MSR and Jimmy Young playing 6/8s and an MSR:

Donald McBride in recital in Kansas City in 2010. Donald plays a wide selection of light music and part of the piobaireachd My King Has Landed in Moidart:

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 Chisholm‘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

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 use the search facility. If the tune you want is not available email pipingpress@gmail.com

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.

7 thoughts on “PP Audio Archive

  1. A wonderful recital set from Donald McBride! I have been a student of Donald’s for over a decade and he is truly a master of his craft. His depth of knowledge on the subject of piping and the way he passes on that knowledge is seamless, and makes the process of learning informative and fun!This recording just confirms how stellar a player he is.

  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?

  3. 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

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