Standard Habbie

Standard Habbie

“The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson,
He made his Cheeks as red as Crimson,
Who on his Dron bore bonny Flags,
And babed when he blew the Bags”

Join a cast of some of Scotland’s most inventive musicians, for an evening playfully celebrating the life & myth of the most famous toun piper of old, Habbie Simpson.

“Standard Habbie”, also called the “Burns Stanza”, is a poetic form used extensively by Scotland’s national bard (think “Address to a Haggis”). It was made famous over a hundred years before Burns, though, by Robert Semphill of Beltrees in his affectionately comic eulogy “Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan”.

“Standard Habbie” will blend together Scots songs & pipe tunes with strong links to Habbie, the pipes, and the local area, alongside new compositions (both songs & tunes) making playful use of the “Standard Habbie” form, and culminating in the premiere of an epic interpretation of “The Life and Death of Habbie Simpson, Piper of Kilbarchan” as a song, set to one of Habbie’s own tunes as named in the original poem!

The line up for “Standard Habbie” includes renowned Scottish folk singer & fingerstyle guitarist Alasdair Roberts, master bellows piper & pipe maker Fin Moore, rising star of Scots song Iona Fyfe, esteemed Scottish jazz musician Konrad Wiszniewski, emerging legend Roo Geddes on fiddle & viola, and skilled classical accordionist & ballad singer Neil Sutcliffe, for a programme led and curated by Scots singer, bellows piper & musical instrument inventor, Donald WG Lindsay!

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 19:30


Venue: The National Piping Centre

Tickets: £15.00 / £12.50 (subject to booking fee) - Book Online Now!