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Atholl highlanders

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Janet Topp FargionTune starts here after tuning up.
Posted by Janet Topp Fargion on 02/12/2013

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  • Shelf mark

    2CDR0008879 (copy of C903/110)

  • Subjects

    Scottish folk songs and music

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Reg Hall Archive

  • Recording locations

    Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

  • Performers

    The Gaugers

  • Recordist

    Leader, Bill

  • Description

    Recording note: Recorded in folk club with audience.

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Thanks Janet, Great to see some Scottish music up here. This tune is a standard and right at the centre of the Scottish canon--it's been played on all instruments for a very long time. The Atholl Highlanders are as far as I know the only private army still in Britain--they actually have regular meetings and their pipe band plays every year at the Atholl Gathering (Highland Games) at Blair Atholl--well worth a visit--usually at the end of May. The pipers in the Atholl Highlanders are some of the very best performers in Scotland and as far as I understand it, eligibility is only by invite on the death of one of the existing members! The Highland games today attracts a lot of visitors and usually around 80-100 Highland pipers competing for prestigious prizes in various grades for March, Strathspey and Reel, Piobaireachd and Hornpipe and Jig. The Dukes of Atholl have played a pretty important and consistent role in the patronage of Scottish traditional music since Niel Gow's time in the 18th century right through until today. thanks, all the best, Simon.

Posted by Simon McKerrell on 03/12/2013 09:20:00


Tune starts here after tuning up.

Posted by Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator , British Library on 02/12/2013 12:42:00