Videos from Pipes of Christmas past
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.
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 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.
The piece was also performed at the 2011 edition of the concert on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.
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).
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.”
“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).