OOR CLUB - September 6, 2019
Presentation By Rory Sinclair

On September 6, 2019, Rory Sinclair played examples of piping arrangements on his Scottish Lowland small bagpipe. These have been downloaded to YouTube as posted below. During his talk, he explains the need to tune the chanter frequently and several examples of timing.

An Introductory Scottish Air

Rory began with the "Mist-Covered Mountains" composed by John Cameron.

Competition March

In this set, Rory plays "Donald MacLean's Farewell To Oban" composed by blind Archibald MacNeill and dedicated to his friend who had just lost a piping competition there.

A March vs. A Strathspey

Here Rory demonstrates the difference between a 4/4 March and the Strathspey. His examples are "Lord Lovat's Lament" by David Fraser and "The Strathbogie Toast - Mackinnon's Rant" a reel by William Marshall. Rory also play's "Scotland the Brave" in both styles.

Dance Tunes

Rory moved on to "lickety-split" playing "The High Road To Lincoln" and 6/8 time "The Rakes Of Kildare" (an Irish Jig taken over by the Scots)

Rory's Own Compositions

Rory Sinclair dedicated these tunes to his father and his mother. They are played one after the other.

A Street March

Rory played "The Battle of the Somme" composed by Willie Laurie, and gave an explanation of a "retreat".

A Tribute

Rory plays "Hector the Hero" dedicated by James Scott Skinner to his friend Major-General Hector MacDonald.

A Piobaireachd

Rory Sinclair demonstrates a piobaireachd, "Lament for Donald Duaghail Mackay", on the lowland small bagpipe. The tune has a connection with the 1st Lord Reay. There is a dispute about possible composers - Patrick Mor MacCrimmon vs. blind Iain Dall MacKay.

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