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TUNES.

Music from the pipes and drums breathe a sense of passion and pride to those who hear it.  From funerals, to competitions or stage performances with the likes of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestrathe Chieftains or the Piano Guys — we strive to balance the requirements of our performances with the skill level of our players.  


Here is our 2021 repertoire:

Amazing Grace

My Home, Oft in the Stilly Night, Skye Boat Song

His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie

Colonel Forbes of Corse and Wings

Killiecrankie and Aros Park

The Barren Rocks of Aden and Wha’ Saw the 42nd

Military Medley:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, USCG

QMM:

Sunset on the Somme

Castle Dangerous

Balmoral

Dirge.

My Home, Oft in the  Stilly Night, Skye Boat Song

Massed Bands.

Green Hills of Tyrol and When the Battle's O'er

Scotland the Brave and Rowan Tree

High Road to Gairloch and Brown Haired Maiden

Bonnie Dundee and Glendaurel Highlanders
Caber Feidh


G4.

Slow Air Set:

The Irish Sea, Bells of Dunblane and The Rowan Tree Air

Farewell to the Creeks

​Silver Threads Among the Gold

Medley:

Bloody Fields of Flanders

Old wife of the Milldust

The Gathering

The Classical Bob

The Fiddler

Sleepy Maggie

Silver Spear

MSR:

Captain Norman Orr Ewing,

Calum Campbell of Benbecula

HRH Princess Elizabeth's Reel

G3.

Altera Terra

Irish Sea, Drew James McIntosh and Old Wife and the Milldust

Drew James McIntosh

Dr. JG Hunter of Aultbea and Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis

Bathgate Highland Gathering, Festival March, Banks of the Lossie


MSR:

Father John MacMillan of Barra

Caber Feidh

The Grey Bob​

Medley 1:

Cutting Bracken

John Roy Stewart

AA Cameron

Sandy Tony Cameron

Cutting Bracken Jig

Out of the Air

Pipes of Peace

Sailing on Top of the Waves

High Drive

Medley 2:

William Grey

Mo Ghille Mear

Thunderhead Slow Jig

Thunderhead

Rry Gallagher

An Cota Ruadh and Part E

Reeliam Grey

 

TUNE HISTORY.

Some history behind #TunesWePlay

THE ROWAN TREE

The name "rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, raun. Linguists believe that the Norse name is ultimately derived from a proto-Germanic word *raudnian meaning "getting red" and which referred to the red foliage and red berries in the autumn. According to the Celtic tradition the ROWAN TREE would provide protection against evil spirits. To have one at home would bring good luck and to cut it would bring unhappiness - which explains its relative proliferation in Scotland. The origin of the melody is unknown but the lyrics are from 1822 and were written by Carolina Oliphant, also known as Lady Nairne. The Rowan Tree was also a favorite tune of Pipe Major Dave McKee Sr of Chicago's Stock Yard Kilty Band.

BALMORAL

The tune Balmoral was written by Sir Robert Bruce of the Gordon Highlanders. As a Scottish solider fighting in World War 2, Robert Bruce was captured during the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines along with many a fellow soldier. The Battle ended on April 9, 1942, when U.S. General Edward King surrendered to Japanese General Masaharu Homma; by this point 75,000 soldiers became Prisoners of War. What followed was one of the worst atrocities in modern wartime history—the Bataan Death March. Robert Bruce survived this march, laying the road to Balmoral — honoring his comrades who died along the way -- with his tune.  WE play Balmoral to honor our fallen. In doing so we honor all those who gave their lives in services to others.

 

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