Videos from Pipes of Christmas past

“Old Bard of Stilligarry” from the Pipes of Christmas
“The Old Bard of Stilligarry,” composed by Eyler Coates and commissioned by the Scottish Harp Society of America as a tribute to the Clan Currie Society for their support of the study and performance of the Scottish Harp or ‘clarsach.’

The work pays loving tribute to the MacMhuirich Bards of South Uist and their home in the village of Stilligarry. For over 200 years, successive generations of MacMhurich Bards served the MacDonalds of Clanranald as hereditary bards.

“The Lad from Kingusie” from the Pipes of Christmas
Our loving tribute to cast member Evan Cattanach – a true legend of the scotch whisky trade and long-time cast member of the Clan Currie Society’s “Pipes of Christmas” concerts and Burns Night celebrations.

We commissioned the tune in 2010 to mark Evan’s 50 years in the scotch whisky business. The tune was written by Pipe Major David Palladino of the Rampant Lion Pipe Band and performed by Pipe Major Scott Clark.

The tune was reprised in 2016, the year we lost our dear friend.

Meet you on the other side Evan, save a dram for me.

“The John Muir Suite” from the Pipes of Christmas
Composed by Steve Gibb and commissioned by the Clan Currie Society, the John Muir Suite pays tribute to John Muir – the “father of the US National Parks.”

The piece premiered in NYC on December 16, 2016 as part of the Clan Currie Society’s 18th annual Pipes of Christmas concerts and commemoration of the Centennial of the US National Park Service.

Lament for the Lost from the Pipes of Christmas
From the 2001 edition of The Pipes of Christmas, “Lament for the Lost” was composed by Pipe Major Kevin Blandford. Blandford began composing the piece as he watched the 9/11 tragedies unfold on television.

The piece was also performed at the 2011 edition of the concert on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.

“Christmas Card from Ettrick Bay” from the Pipes of Christmas
One of two world premiere performances from the 2013 edition of “The Pipes of Christmas.”

Winner of the inaugural Alexander McCall Smith Prize for Composition at Edinburgh Napier University, the lovely tune was composed by Jason Sweeney of Coatbridge, Scotland and performed by Jennifer Port (clarsach), Sarah Hewitt-Roth (cello), and Paul Woodiel (fiddle).

Clan Currie’s New CD – Best of the Pipes of Christmas
The Clan Currie Society’s long-awaited Celtic Christmas CD is now available!

The CD contains 15 tracks – over 60 minutes – of beautiful music performed by some of world’s the finest traditional musicians. The musical selections were culled from over 500 individual recordings from 14 years of live performances of the Clan Currie Society’s beloved holiday concert – “The Pipes of Christmas.”

“Lullaby for Prince” – World Premiere from the Pipes of Christmas
“Lullaby for a Prince” – commissioned by the Clan Currie Society in commemoration of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Composed by Steve Gibb (guitar) originally from Inverness, Scotland. The work also features cellist Sarah Hewitt-Roth and Jennifer Port of Golspie, Scotland on clàrsach.
“Balmoral Snow” from the Pipes of Christmas
“Balmoral Snow” – commissioned by the Clan Currie Society in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth, II. Composed by Steve Gibb (guitar) originally from Inverness, Scotland.
Bha Buachaillean an Dùthaich Shear
“Bha Buachaillean an Dùthaich Shear” (There Were Shepherds in an Eastern Land) – from the 2012 edition of the Pipes of Christmas.Sung in Scots Gaelic and English by harpist Jennifer Port.
Sea of Tranquility – A Tribute to Neil Armstrong from the Pipes of Christmas
The Clan Currie Society’s tribute to Neil Armstrong from the 2012 edition of “The Pipes of Christmas.”

“Sea of Tranquility,” commissioned by the Clan Currie Society and composed by James Ross of Wick, Scotland, pays tribute to the first man to walk on the surface of the moon in 1969.

Armstrong’s daughter was present for the world premiere of the new work at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

The work is performed by Paul Woodiel (violin), Christopher Layer (whistle), Sarah Hewitt-Roth (cello) and Susie Petrov (piano).

The Clann Mhuirich
Piper Scott Larson and drummer Eli Fugate of the PM Kevin Ray Blandford Memorial Pipe Band perform the spirited “Clann Mhuirich” composed by renowned piper, Ian MacDonald.
Angels We Have Heard on High
A spirited performance by the PM Kevin Ray Blandford Memorial Pipe Band and organist Bill Peek from the Clan Currie Society’s 14th annual Pipes of Christmas.
The Clan Currie Society’s Tribute to Private Bill Millin
A tribute to famed D-Day bagpiper Private Bill Millin filmed at the 12th annual Pipes of Christmas on Dec. 18, 2010.