Into June - from Scotland

What type of bagpipe is that?!?!?!

This is a picture of the so-far permanent band members.

When I went to Ireland in November 2000, I had made arrangements to get the first album of a new Celtic band in Scotland. The only problem was that I'd have to travel to Scotland to get it due to money problems on the other end. If you're going to do that from Ireland, check this site for super-cheap prices.

When Donald Lindsay met me at the airport, he had this super weird-looking set of pipes, the likes of which I'd never seen before! You don't blow into them like you do the pipes we're used to seeing here in America: you squeeze a bellows similar to what you'd use on a fireplace (except it doesn't have handles on it). He says they're called "Scottish smallpipes." I call them "WHAT?!"

The group's first CD, entitled "The Lost Lyric," is a short one (seems costs in Scotland are a wee bit on the high side?) and only 100 were made. The cost is $10, but it's worth it, in my opinion. Donald and his now-wife, Sheryl, are both good musicians and singers. Even with their brogue, when they sing, they're understandable. The songs on the album (list below) are not familiar to Americans, so this should be a welcome treat. However, when Donald talks, as he did with me when he played tourguide in Glasgow, the accent is so thick you couldn't even cut it with a laser! He makes a good tourguide, though.

Here's the play list:

  1. The Lost Lyric (instrumental)
  2. Shades on the Glass
  3. All the Way to Newcastle
  4. The Lady's Lover (The Gardener)
  5. Melrose Abbey Ruin
  6. Winter Garden
  7. Big Stewart's Luck
Here's the album cover

Donald's come out with a CD of pipe music composed by Alex Muir called "Do the Drum of the Sea." "Uncle Alex" has composed hymns in the Scottish and folk styles, then took some of the Psalms and put those with meter to them to music. In addition, Donald is now a champion smallpiper, having won first prize for Smallpiper at the 2002 Lowland & Border Pipers Society annual smallpipe competition in Edinburgh (GO DONALD!). On this new album, he plays not just the smallpipes, but the Highland pipes, and he sings again. His voice is getting better. The price for this CD is $15.00.

Here's the CD cover:

The play list will be coming soon.

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