The Eliza Ross Collection, compiled in 1812, was discovered in Raasay House in 1954. The collection includes one hundred and fifty songs, instrumental dance tunes, reels, jigs and slow airs along with six piobaireachd and is now republished as a new edition.
In this new edition fifty nine of the tunes have been set to bagpipe notation. The manuscript was compiled when the piper to the laird of Raasay, James MacLeod, was John MacKay. The foremost piper and teacher of his day, many pipers flocked to learn from the master, who himself was taught by the MacCrimmons and the MacKays of Gairloch. The book, available in spiral bound for ease of use, is a completely updated edition where the pipe tunes have been edited and transcribed by Peter Cooke and Dr. Angus MacDonald. Many tunes are previously unknown and others are early settings of more familiar tunes and masterpieces of Gaelic song.
There will be performances of the music by Dr Angus MacDonald and friends with the book available for sale at £25. You can pre-order your copy for collection on the day over at The Bagpipe Shop here
This event is free to watch in person and as part of our livestream, just register at the link. It has also been addedto the Livestream Festival Pass, so if you have purchased this ticket, you dont need to do anything further.
The National Piping Centre
The centre serves as a national and international centre of excellence for the great Highland Bagpipe and its music.
The Street Cafe is just outside on McPhater Street, so join us there.
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