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Lochbroom is the latest CD from Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies, a piper with a dedicated following both in his native Scotland and his adopted country, the United States. A formidable performer on the competition platform, Alasdair Gillies is a much admired interpreter of the classics, ceòl beag and ceòl mòr. He can also thrill a concert audience with a demonstration of virtuosity and brilliance in the less formal type of music with its intricate and demanding technique. Lochbroom illustrates that it is still possible to captivate an audience with a programme of good tunes played well and interpreted sympathetically. Experienced pipers and younger players will find much to enjoy.
Lochbroom is the name of the parish where Alasdair's father the late Pipe Major Norman Gillies took him to live at the age of eleven.
|Title:||Powerful, technically flawless and highly expressive|
|Source:||Scotland on Sunday|
|Review:||Maverick pipers such as the late Gordon Duncan, Fred Morrison and Finlay MacDonald, while thoroughly versed in the conventional approaches of the competition platform, have forged new directions for the Highland pipes in a folk context, but this disc focuses firmly on the traditional aspects of the instrument and its heritage. Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies is a very famous name in piping (he was described by one American academic as the Michael Jordan of piping), both as a performer and a teacher, and his performances here are as impeccable as you might expect – powerful, technically flawless and highly expressive. The music was recorded in the course of various live performances last year, and with the exception of one formal Pibroch, his instrumental sets draw mainly on marches, Strathspeys, reels and jigs, both traditional and contemporary....NC. www.scotsman.com|
|1/1||Marches & Hornpipes|
|1/2||Waltz, Strathspey & Reels|
|1/4||Strathspey & Reels|
|1/5||Pibroch Ground & March, Strathspey & Reel|
|1/7||Pibroch (The Earl of Seaforth's Salute)|
|1/8||Strathspeys & Reels|
|1/10||Psalms & Hymns|
|1/11||Strathspeys & Reels|
|1/12||Port & Jigs|
|Deliver to:||United Kingdom|