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Niall Matheson: The Shores of Loch Ness

The Shores of Loch Ness

A suberb debut album by one of the nation's best pipers.

Description

Niall Matheson is an outstanding piper from Newtonmore in the Highlands. As a double goldmedallist he has established himself as one of our foremost pibroch players, as well as being a noted exponent of the lighter music of the ceòl beag tradition. In this album we have a wide-ranging and imaginative selection of airs, marches, strathspeys, reels and jigs, many selfpenned, as well as a performance of the 18th century pibroch The Lament for Mary MacLeod. This is unadulterated Highland pipe music, and an impressive debut from a gifted musician.

Biography

Niall Matheson is a much-admired piper with musical roots in the Highlands. Having been taught to play in his native Newtonmore by John MacDougall and the great pibroch authority Dr Kenneth MacKay, Niall enlisted in the Queen’s Own Highlanders, a regiment with a taste for piping and a willingness to nurture raw talent. These were good years in which he learnt his craft in the company of a number of talented young players, many of whom went on to have successful competitive careers. Niall emerged after 11 years with the regiment as a thoroughly polished performer - a convincing interpreter of the big music of the pibroch tradition, and also a wonderfully fluent player of the lighter music, always willing to throw caution to the wind in pursuit of a good tune.

His competitive successes have included winning the Oban Gold Medal in 1998 and the Inverness Gold Medal in 2001 (considered the highest accolades in competitive piping), as well as numerous awards on the games circuit in the Highlands, where he has concentrated his efforts. Since 1996 he has been schools piping instructor in Easter Ross (covering an area from Tain to Alness), as well as promoting pipe band music through the Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School, which he founded in 2004.

Niall Matheson: The Shores of Loch Ness

The Shores of Loch Ness

Ceòl pìoba aig fìor àrd ìre

Description

Biography

Track Listing

  1. Angela’s Wedding, MacGregor of Ruaro, Jimmy MacKenzie (Stornoway) [3.23]
  2. Asian Tears,Rockin’ Miss Molly, Paddy O’Rafferty’s, Barbara’s Jig [4.39]
  3. Piobaireachd MacLennan, Miss Ashleigh Bell [3.49]
  4. Alexander MacDonald of Heisker’s Farewell to the Monach Light, Barney’s Balmoral, Kalabakan, Lt. Col. D.J.S Murray [4.11]
  5. Brian Stewart (Newtonmore), The Calrossie Pipers [3.23]
  6. The Shores of Loch Ness, The Beating Zone, Cutting Bracken, The Old Wife of the Milldust [5.45]
  7. The Argyllshire Gathering, John MacDonald of Glencoe [3.56]
  8. Highland Harry, Dora MacLeod, Loch Carron, Sandy Cameron [3.53]
  9. The Lament for Mary MacLeod (Cumha Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh) [11.29]
  10. Big Donald MacPhee, Val Goodman’s Fancy, Paddy’s Leather Breeches [0.79]
  11. Pipe Major John Mackintosh’s Welcome to Ku-ring-gai, Bridget MacKenzie [3.01]
  12. Towerhill Dreams, The Bee Hive, The Boys from Kiltearn, Jake the Snake, The Valellen Piper [4.48]
  13. Pipe Major Norman Gillies, Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies [3.05]
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