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CDs by Allan MacDonald

Dastirum

Allan MacDonald
Dastirum
Siubhal 2, 2007
This CD is a useful introduction to the elusive and difficult world of pibroch, or piobaireachd, the ancient high-art music of the Scottish Gaelic bagpipes. This is a formal baroque music, usually formed of a tune and complex variation set. It has been passed down as a living tradition from the 16th century to the present day, but due to cultural politics this music is rarely heard and is almost always played in an obtuse modern style that is hard for outsiders to appreciate. On this CD Allan takes a brave yet tentative step away from the piping enclave and re-interprets the repertory with a fresh approach drawing on Gaelic song as well as variant readings from the earliest manuscript sources.
To set the "big music" in a broader cultural framework, Allan sings in Gaelic, and on one brief track Javier Sáinz plays a 17th century Gaelic harp tune, Port Jean Lindsay, making this the first published CD to feature Javier's playing on his replica of the medieval Lamont harp. The CD is accompanied by a 70 page book with commentary on the individual tunes and on pibroch in general by historical pibroch pioneer Barnaby Brown, scholar Hugh Cheape and others.
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Fhuair mi Pog

Margaret Stewart & Allan MacDonald
Fhuair mi Pog
Greentrax CDTRAX132, 1998
Gaelic singer Margaret Steward joins forces with piper Allan MacDonald for a superb overview of the big music of the old Gaelic world - pibroch songs and other related material. The title track, "I got a kiss" is a well known pipe tune, and here it is presented along with its traditional Gaelic words. Highly recommended.
£13 +

Colla mo Run

Margaret Stewart & Allan MacDonald
Colla mo Rùn
Greentrax CDTRAX217, 2001

This second CD by Gaelic singer Margaret and piper Allan covers a wider selection of Gaelic song. The title track, "Coll my love", is the pibroch "The piper's warning to his master" which is played on the pipes as well as being sung. Highly recommended as a brilliant example of the old Gaelic music.
£13 +