I haven’t been playing my Sinclair pipes at all recently because for a time they were converted to C drones for my gaita chanter as the Sinclair chanter stock was a perfect fit for the cork on the gaita chanter’s tenon.
But, I’ve been curious what the Ackland drone reeds would sound like in them so I set them up as highland pipes again with the original chanter and put in the Ackland 466 reeds. I have just a few short recordings as the bag wasn’t very airtight, but I think what I did get is representative. Enjoy!
Lament for the Old Volunteers (74th’s Slow March) – I’ve listened to Gavin Stoddart play this tune hundreds of times on the Royal Highland Fusilier’s Proud Heritage album and I think Gavin plays Sinclair pipes, so it seemed like a great tune to play.
Many of you will be familiar with Gord MacDonald of Island Bagpipe. Gord also runs a bagpipe identification website. Gord and I have gone back and forth about a few things piping over the years and I have used Island Bagpipe as a retail supplier many times (sometimes it’s cheaper shipping from Canada!). Many years ago, I’m thinking 2013, I asked around for tunes that people had composed that I could play on the blog and Gord took me up on it. He didn’t know it would take 6 years but I finally got around to recording the tunes he sent me; though I’m still sight reading them so bare with me a bit.
Pipes are Colin Kyo drones and chanter with Ackland 480 drone reeds and Husk chanter reed. Enjoy!