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Hindorõdin hindodre: One of the Cragich (a ‘rocky’ pibroch) (MP3) 0:05:03
Cumha Mhic Leòid (McLeod’s Lament) (MP3) 0:15:35
Fear Pìoba Meata (The Timid Piper) (MP3) 0:03:10
Cruinneachadh nan Sutharlanach (The Sutherlands’ Gathering) (MP3) 0:14:54
Hiorodotra cheredeche (a nameless pibroch) (MP3) 0:03:47
Port na Srian (The Horse’s Bridle Tune) (MP3) 0:11:19
Pìobaireachd na Pàirce (The Park Pibroch) (MP3) 0:10:59
Ceann Drochaid’ Innse-bheiridh (The End of Inchberry Bridge) (MP3) 0:09:44
The patronage of elite Highland pipers collapsed after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Worried that the classical music of the Gaels would fade away, the English-speaking gentry offered prize money for scientific notations. By 1797, Colin Campbell had written 377 pages in a unique notation based on the vocables of Hebridean ‘mouth music’, but – unintelligible to the judges in Edinburgh – Campbell’s extraordinary work of preservation has remained overlooked or misunderstood until now. Barnaby Brown’s realisations bring the musical craftsmanship of a remote culture vividly to life, giving a voice back to some of Europe’s most illustrious ancient instruments and refocusing attention on a type of music whose trance-inducing long spans and elaborate formal patterning echo the knots and spells of Celtic culture.
The EMAP series is produced in association with the University of Huddersfield.
‘[Brown] and his colleagues deliver beguiling performances using an instrumentarium of bagpipes, vulture-bone flute, clarsach (folk harp) et al, as well as his pleasantly light-toned voice.’
— Sunday Times, May 2016
‘Bill Taylor gives gentle if learned accounts on clàrsach and lyre and Brown takes a spacious solo on a vulture bone flute, but the highlight is Clare Salaman doing bold and sensitive things on Hardanger fiddle with a majestic 15-minute account of The Sutherlands’ Gathering.’
— The Guardian, June 2016
‘Pibroch is a paradox: fierce austerity coupled with enough intricate embellishments for a rococo church.’
— The Wire, September 2016
- Recording venue(s): Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield
- Recording dates: 8-10 June 2015
- Physical format: Jewel case
- Number of discs: 1
- Number of tracks: 8
- Total playing time: 1:14:37
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