Allan MacDonald | Dastirum

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by Allan MacDonald

Pibroch is like fine wine - it adds a touch of class, holds secrets to aficionados, and a small sip leaves a wonderful feeling.
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1. Lament For Alsdair Dearg
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2. Hiotrotro - chanting of the Urlar
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3. Hiotrotro
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4. The Red Speckled Bull
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5. Lament For Donald of Laggan
7:37 $0.99
6. Hihorodo hao
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7. Port Jean Lindsay (feat. Javier Sáinz)
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8. I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
8:25 $0.99
9. A Lament
6:35 $0.99
10. Lament For Red Hector
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11. The End of the Little Bridge
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12. Lament For the Young Laird of Dungallan
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Album Notes
Dastirum (the word is an encouragement - three cheers! be proud! bravo!) is a 69 page book with audio CD, featuring Allan MacDonald's audience-winning approach to pibroch. Informed both by historical sources and oral tradition, Allan MacDonald sings and plays 17th & 18th century Highland bagpipe music. The most exciting player of his generation, Allan is stimulating the renaissance of one of Europe's most soulful and majestic musical traditions.

"a major step forward in the study of the Great Music" David Murray

"his fine bagpipe, and the clarity of his embellishments are uplifting to hear" Donald MacPherson

"a consummate musician, playing with passion and mastery of his art. Allan has made more impact than anyone else in his generation" Bill Livingstone

"great emotion, flair and style that is always inspiring, challenging and often breathtaking"
Roddy MacLeod (Director of the National Piping Centre, Scotland)

"A consummate player, one of three formidable piping brothers from the Gaelic-speaking community of Glenuig in Moidart, MacDonald has paid his dues on the competition platform, winning the coveted Clasp at the Northern Meeting two years running. But over the years he has questioned the orthodoxy of today's standardised pibroch settings as played for the judges, and has tapped deeply into his culture to investigate pibroch's links with Gaelic song, and with the ancient bardic harping traditions of Scotland and Wales. This, combined with an innate musicality, results in some superb moments on this album" Review by Jim Gilchrist in The Scotsman



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Chris Upton

This is an album of piobaireachd, the classical music of Scotland. Rarely heard outside of piping competitions, the music is unlike the more familiar marches, airs and dances of bagpipe music. Piobaireachd is slow moving, intense, and builds on a repeating theme with ever more elaborate variations on the gracenotes. Listening to it is a truly haunting experience. This is a superbly performed recording of this wonderful and all too little known genre of music. The CD is accompanied by book length notes on the music. If you are at all interested in the music of the Highland bagpipe, do not pass up this recording. If you are familiar with piobaireachd, this is an outstanding addition to your collection. If you're not, this recording will open a new world for you.


Outstanding, But !
For one educated in the strict tradition of the Piobaireachd Society, the settings used here are, to say the least, a bit surprising although not unpleasant.

It is a bit like coming across a \"Good News Bible\" when you are used to the sonorous classicism of the \"King James Authorised Version\".