17 tracks: Lignum Vita: Annie Grace, Gary West & Fin Moore (Jack Latin) * Chris Norman & Dave Greenberg (The Garb of Old Gaul / Hacky Honey) * Fin Moore & Matheu Watson (Over The Dyke and Till Her Laddy / With Her Tocher What a Lassie) * Fiona Hunter, Mairi Campbell & Iain MacInnes (Helen of Kirkconnell Lea - song) * Pete Stewart (The Twa Corbies / Saw Ye Not My Meggie / Crudds and Whey) * Hamish Moore & Mairi Campbell (Now Westlin Winds - song) * Callum Armstrong & George Pasca (Gingling Geordie) * Iain MacInnes (The Night Visitor’s Song / Willie Stays Lang at the Fair / Well Bobbit Blanch of Middlebie) * Judy Baker & Annie Grace (Alison Cross - song) * Stewart Gaudin (The Highland Watch’s Farewell to Ireland / Landlady Count The Lawin’ / Duncan Gray) * Paul Roberts (Alasdruim’s March) * Gary West & Ciaran Ryan (The Jedburgh Ba’ Game) * Mike Katz & Iain MacLeod (Kilt Thy Coat Maggie / Linkumdoddie) * Angus MacKenzie (The Cairdin’ O’t / Stumpie / Duns Dings A’ / Spark’s Rant) * Gordon Mooney & Shona Mooney (Jimmy Allan / Geid Him Lasses / Coffee and Tea / Skint o’ Siller) * Carlos Nunez (The Football March & Two Reels) * Martyn Bennett (Saw Ye Never A Bonny Lass - archival track).
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Pipe music and song from the Scottish Borders, presented by The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society.
This is a brilliant album in which the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society has set out to explore Border repertoire - tunes and songs with strong Border resonances, many of which have not previously been recorded.
Each track features a different player or combination of players, many of whom have been leading lights in the revival of the Border pipes, Scottish smallpipes and as members of well-known bands since the 1980s, including accompanying musicians and singers.
Like many aspects of our Scots and Gaelic culture, Lowland and Border piping had been lost. It was, in the description of Mike Rowan, “dead”. In 1981 Mike called a meeting in Edinburgh with the idea of forming a Society of Piping dedicated to the Lowland and Border traditions. A couple of years of informal gatherings followed and then Mike went on to form the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society on a formal basis in 1983.
Since those early days, the Society has gone from strength to strength and is not only a truly international organisation but also has effected the biggest changes in Scottish piping culture since the introduction of piping competitions and the raising of the Highland regiments by the British Army at the end of the 18th century.
In 1995 Greentrax Recordings was invited by the Society to record a Grand Concert Of Scottish Piping, presented as part of the Society’s 5th Annual Collogue in the Old Royal High School, Edinburgh. This live album featuring Gordon Mooney, Angus D MacColl, Martyn Bennett, Gordon Duncan, Iain MacInnes and Allan MacDonald was released in 1996.
Greentrax went on to release the Second Grand Concert and Third Grand Concert Of Piping, featuring other giants of the piping world. Greentrax is proud to have been associated with the Grand Concert series and with this latest Society presentation, which is licensed by Greentrax.
Most of the tracks were recorded specially at the Sound Café, Midlothian, who also mastered the album. The stunning front cover painting is by J B Vallely and design is by Shaw Marketing and Design.
Pipers on the album include Annie Grace, Judy Baker, the late Martyn Bennett (archival track), Iain MacInnes, Hamish Moore, Fin Moore, Gary West, Gordon Mooney, Angus MacKenzie, Mike Katz, Paul Roberts, Chris Norman and Pete Stewart. Accompanists include such fine musicians as Iain MacLeod, David Greenberg, Shona Mooney, Ciaran Ryan, Matheu Watson and George Pasca. Vocal contributions include Mairi Campbell and Fiona Hunter.