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Around the Town

by Hal the Piper

Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Scotland the Brave
1:44 $0.99
2. Dark Island
3:19 $0.99
3. Rakes of Mallow
1:46 $0.99
4. Wings
1:00 $0.99
5. Danny Boy
2:26 $0.99
6. Little Beggar Man
1:16 $0.99
7. Annapolis
1:33 $0.99
8. Highland Cathedral
1:45 $0.99
9. Leaving Liverpool
1:46 $0.99
10. The Water Is Wide
1:42 $0.99
11. Banjo Breakdown
1:16 $0.99
12. Shenandoah
1:59 $0.99
13. Freedom, It Ain't Free
2:02 $0.99
14. Eternal Father/Navy Blue and Gold
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15. Amazing Grace
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Album Notes
Hal Cummings began studying piping as a member of the Bermuda Rifles Cadet Corps Pipe Band in 1959. He played in that band until 1962, when his father, who was serving as the Base Chaplain for the U.S. Naval Station in Bermuda, was transferred to the Washington D.C. area.

From 1962 until 1965, Hal studied Piping with Sandy Jones, who became Pipe Major of the Air Force Pipe Band, and went on to act as Musical Director for the Citadel’s Pipe Band for over twenty years. During that time Hal played with several groups that Sandy sponsored, and did solo work, and piping for Highland Dancing performances. In addition, he took music and voice lessons from members of the Navy Band. In 1966, Hal studied and played pipes with the Edinburgh Academy pipers, and piped for Highland Dancing in various places in Scotland.

Hal is a bagpiper with strong ties to the Navy and the Naval Academy (USNA). He graduated from USNA in 1971 with a degree in Physics. While there he was a member of the Chapel Choir, and played the pipes for the occasional USNA meal formation. While in the Navy, and until several years ago, Hal played pipes mostly for his own amusement, and did some occasional informal solo work. During the summers of 2004, and 20010, Hal attended the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming with Sandy Jones. Currently, Hal lives in Annapolis Maryland with his wife Judith, and plays as a member and soloist with the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums, in addition to performing on his own at weddings, charity fund raisers, corporate functions, private parties, church services, and funerals. He has played pipes with Seamus Kennedy, Ceann, The Rovers, and Off The Boat, and regularly plays pipes at: Fado's in Annapolis; O'Loughlin's in Arnold; Killarney House in Davidsonville; The Crofton Irish Channel; Tir Na Nog in Baltimore; and James Joyce in Baltimore. He occasionally plays at the following Annapolis venues: Stan and Joe’s; Harry Brown’s; Castle Bay; Obrien's, Middleton's, and Galway Bay. He currently plays regularly with the Traditional Irish Pub Singing Club (TIPSC). Hal regularly Pipes for Military Dining-Outs. and Retirement Ceremonies. Hal is a Piping Instructor for Pipers in the U.S. Naval Academy Pipe Band and he has helped instruct pipers and played with the Prince Georges Police Pipe Band. Hal is the original Piping instructor the Calvert County Fire and EMS Pipe Band, which practices at the Huntingtown, MD Fire Station. Hal also teaches private bagpipe lesson in Annapolis, MD.



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