The old Gaelic art music traditions originated on the early clarsach, but as that instrument declined in the 17th and 18th century they were transferred to the fiddle and to the pipes.
In Ireland, the union pipes took the place of the harp as a gentlemans instrument, playing a repertory of 18th century slow airs as well as later dance music.
In Scotland, the older Gaelic art music was taken up by both pipes and fiddle, where it was known as piobaireachd or pibroch, and later ceol mor. Click for more info.
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Bonnie Rideout, 'Scotland's Fiddle Piobaireachd' and 'Harlaw Scotland 1411'
Beautiful solo performances of this complex and inspiring music.
Barnaby Brown, on 'Ceòl na Pìoba - Pìob Mhòr'
Barnaby plays 2 early pibroch tracks on this compilation CD.
Allan MacDonald, 'Dastirum'
A more contemporary approach, informed by the Gaelic song tradition.
Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, 'Seán Reid's Favourite'
Historical Irish piping, using antique pipes