TUNE COMMISIONS – for a loved one, or even someone you don’t like.

Hey. Just so you know, i’m available to write tune commissions for you. These can be for yourself, for a loved one, for any occasion, birthdays, weddings, funerals etc. If commissioned, a tune will be written, typeset, sent to you as a PDF so you can print it out and frame, and also a recording so that you can hear the piece. (Not recorded in the studio, but of good quality). You never know, your tune might make it onto an album or two, they have done in the past. Get in touch at alihutton@hotmail.com. Here’s an example of what’s on offer…………

I Lycra way you move!!

Myself, Ross and Graeme MacDonald recently visited the strange, and fascinating, St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. Completed in 1966, this housed Priests in training. Due to the unique structure the Seminary had many structural and maintenance problems. Also, the declining number of student priests led to its demise. It has been abandoned since the 1980’s. It’s unique architectural design has listed at Category A, the highest level of protected building. Anyway, enough of that. It’s a truly fascinating place to visit. If you get the chance, go in search of this weird place. Here’s a video that Graeme put together of our adventure. Check out his work here….http://graememacdonald.photo

You can find the music here…..https://rossandali.bandcamp.com

Cheers! 😈

STEMZ – The Music of Symbiosis 2

Last Friday we began sharing the tunes that help make up the landscape of our album, Symbiosis 2. This is something that we will be doing every Friday. The release includes a PDF of the tune dots, and a video of the tune being played slowly. We are doing this to encourage folk to learn our tunes and play along. We feel honoured and humbled by the support of our friends, and fans. This is our way of including these lovely people, and allowing them to be part of our journey.

So, here is the required material to help you learn tune 1, of track 1….Dine Like Kings (Ross Ainslie prs/mcps). Played on a D whistle. Tune is in Eminor. The album version is played on an E flat whistle, in F minor. https://rossandali.bandcamp.com/track/kings

Mair Tunez – New and Auld

I’ve added a few more tunes to my tunes page. Most of these are tunes that were commissioned through the Old Blind Dogs Pledgemusic campaign. Some lovely people commissioned these tunes, helping us fund our latest album, Room with a View. You can check this out at…..https://www.oldblinddogs.co.uk

There is also one very special tune I’ve added. This is a tune, which i only found last year, that was written by my Great, Great Grandfather, Pipe Major Donald Kennedy. Posting this tune is bittersweet for me. Over the last 3/4 years I’ve been slowly finding out little bits about Donald. It’s a bizarre experience for me. A lot of musicians on the folk scene are brought into playing music through the connections that they share with their ancestors. Music is generally passed on, and nurtured through the generations. I didn’t have this connection. Which makes my choice to play the pipes at such a young age, even more weird. Id like to think that this musical connection between my GG Grandfather, and myself, was sub conscious, that he gifted me this without me knowing. It also makes me think a lot of my Grandfather, who a year ago passed away. He was the one who really encouraged me to follow my heart, and who nurtured my fascination with the Bagpipes. I was propelled on to find out more about Donald as it became a great subject of conversation between myself, and my Grandad. The sad thing about this is that it turns out that his 1913 Henderson pipes, and a lot of his music were taken by my Grandfathers cousins. They were aware that i was learning to play the pipes, and yet they chose to take all of his belongings. I have since found out that these Pipes were sold in Perth at an auction in 2005. Strangely, the pipes were sold by my Grandad’s cousins, to a man who’s granddaughter i knew through playing in the Vale of Atholl. He was a bagpipe dealer, and bought them for a reasonable price and sold them on for a larger sum of money. The pile of his music, including compositions and arrangements were found in a skip in Dundee. Thankfully someone found them and handed them into the Black Watch museum. Some of these can now be found in the Black Watch book of Pipe music. Now that i know what i know, and there are a lot more in’s and out’s to the story, i understand why my Grandad was so apprehensive in telling me all about Donald. It’s my dream to locate these pipes. It would be a beautiful thing to find them, and would honour the memory of my Grandfather. Who know’s, maybe they’ll make their way home some day.

Donald Kennedy. Pipe Major and piper to the Gaelic Society of Perth.

Great grandfather Donald Kennedy chatting to the Duke of Atholl.