(I've missed a day on this, while I was daft enough to honour a gig in
Hampstead: 1 hr 40 there, 7 hours 20 back. The joys of the soft south!)
You're absolutely right, John.
It is, to adapt an earlier comment, pointless comparing apples and potatoes.
But since we've mentioned it
On Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM, Richard York
for me hearing Billy Pigg (interesting how often his name crops up
in this) playing the Wild Hills of Wannie just Did It ... a seed
That recording of Billy's 'did it' for many of us, I'm sure.
Quite far from the idealised view of the Northumbrian Tradition in Doubleday,
or the actual tradition he learned from Tom Clough, but wonderful music for all
Listening to RTE, and artists like Leo Rowsome, must have been a
On 19 Dec 2010, at 12:55, Richard York wrote:
It would be interesting to know how many people, either within the North
Eastern fold or out of it, were first inspired by hearing Mr Pigg's playing,
Well, me for a start.
Knowing almost nothing about traditional music, and never
I'd heard NSP before - including Billy's TV appearance.
But that record was what really got the fire burning - Jack Armstrong's LP
didn't quite do it for me.
Also, as you say, the notes - almost a book - were excellent.
Colin's transcription of The Wild Hills of Wannie really helped me to
I did mention earlier that Billy Pigg was my first introduction to the pipes
(although I was familiar with the Irish pipes but not through playing).
1968, Corries TV program and a very unassuming gentleman was being asked by
them regarding the pipes and giving answers like yes and no.
On 19 Dec 2010, at 15:47, Gibbons, John wrote:
Good luck to any intrepid souls attempting the yomp on Boxing Day!
It might be a chilly one!
Yes, it will depend on the conditions.
Title for a new march there . . .
'Yomp and Circumstance March' perhaps?
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What really got me interested was the gift of Kathryn's first cassette, On
Kielder Side. Wonderful music! It was given to me by friends who live on
Orkney and heard her at the Orkney festival. At that point I was trying to
learn to play the Highland chanter. The teacher had just received
It had exactly the same effect on me despite being besotted by the
original Tom Clough 78 (which Ron Elliott bought by chance in Harrogate
market in the late 60s).
The postman delivered Billy's album as I was leaving for the lab at
Aston. I put it on the record player
The pipes are a brilliant but not capable of the highest level of
Anthony, go wash your mouth out with soap!!
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this instrument does not lack ability, it lacks players who can't play in
the correct method; not many can do that. Expression is emphasised in
precision. I'm not here to delineate. There is no more expression in those
who can play the detached method with feeling.
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