Monthly Archives: June 2013

Colin Kyo Bagpipes with Canning tenors and a old style Kinnaird Bass

I really like the Canning tenors, Austin really wants to hear the old style Kinnaird bass, so here’s a post with both! I’ve also changed the mic location from shoulder height (in previous recent posts) back to above head height (this post) to give a different perspective on the drones.

Toots and Hickory (Danny Edwards) and 1st Hype Cowboy Division (Murray Blair)

Susan MacLeod (Donald MacLeod) and Bessie McIntyre (William MacLean)

Spanner in the Works (Hamish Moore?), Scotsaire Hornpipe (W. Baird), and Johnny and Ali’s March (Brian McAlpine)

The very last tune by Brian McAlpine has a story behind it. Using that link, you’ll hear the same tune played and mixed by Brian. Brian asked for others to record the tune and send it in and so I did (using smallpipes) which gives the final version here.

Ezeedrone Tenors and Henderson Deluxe Bass combo plus Colin Kyo to the max!

In order of recording, we’re going to first feature a set of Colin Kyo bagpipes set up with Ezeedrone tenors and a Henderson Deluxe bass. They were previously setup with Canning tenors but some felt the harmonics a bit too much so I figured I’d drop Canning’s cousin Ezeedrone in there to see, or hear rather, if I could tone it down a bit. A bit of background first however. The Ezeedrone tenor and Henderson Deluxe bass is a very popular combination. Many high level pipers use Ezeedrone tenors and a fair fraction, as indicated by pipesdrums.com survey also play the Henderson Deluxe bass. As a specific example, the McCallum bagpipes played by Angus MacColl on the Route 66 tour which were subsequently raffled and won by a young man up in Amarillo, TX came with Ezeedrone tenors and a Henderson Deluxe bass, if my memory serves me correctly. I understand the pipes came as they were played on the tour, chanter reed and all. So, this is also a test of a seemingly very standard setup amongst the big guns. I also try this setup in my Gellaitry’s near the bottom, per request. Also on request we’ll have this same set of Colin Kyo pipes setup with Colin Kyo drone reeds for a full set of CK pipes, except the chanter reed (Husk). The first slow tune of each combination is played in 4 different orientations to the microphone corresponding to the parts of the tune, that is 1) drones facing mic straight on 1st part 2) mic on left of me next to tenors 1st part repeat 3) chanter facing mic 2nd part 4) mic on my right (bass drone side) 2nd part repeat.

Colin Kyo bagpipes with Ezeedrone tenor drone reeds and Henderson Deluxe bass drone reed

Gallawa Hills and Inspector Donald Campbell (Ness)

Spice of Life, Old Chanter, Leisa McCord (workin’ on those edres)

Colin Kyo bagpipes with Colin Kyo drone reeds

74th’s Slow March and Angus MacKinnon

Kantara to El Arish (whew that was rough, stupid E grace notes), Highland Harry, Miss Proud, Newmarket House, Thief of Lochaber

Gellaitry bagpipes with Ezeedrone tenor drone reeds and Henderson Deluxe bass drone reed

Kate Martin’s Waltz, Calista Anne McLaurin, the Quaker

Wee Michael’s March and Mason’s Apron (forgot which tune was next, also tired, sorry about blowing flat at first)

Edit: 6:17 pm CDT 6-13-2013

Here is a picture of the drone reeds Angus apparently played during the Route 66 tour. I did remember correctly!