“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!