A Guide to the Players and Music
of the Highland Bagpipe
Subject: General Interest/Music
Illustrated; 190pp February 2004
ISBN: 1 86232 291 0
Anecdotal, lively and informative introductory guide
Legendary figures in the piping world come vividly to life
Aimed at people outside piping who want to find out more without too much expenditure of time and money, this is a lively introductory guide to what pipers do and why, showing how ‘tradition’, often thought of as a vague and anonymous process, is in fact compiled by a whole succession of brilliantly gifted individual teachers, players and composers. Pipers focuses on the players themselves with a wide range of historical sources and anecdotes to provide a fresh account of this key musical cohort.
William Donaldson is a Scottish social historian and piper, and the author of several books, of which The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society 1750-1950 is published by Tuckwell Press.