From pipetunes.ca – “Lily MacDougall of Port Askaig, Islay, 94 at the time of this writing (Jan 08) is the oldest living private pupil of Willie Ross. She reports that Willie sailed out from Port Askaig on the paddle steamer “The Pioneer” on what became a very rough crossing. This became the inspiration for the tune, whose lilt exudes a sense of the boat rising and falling in the waves. Thanks to Willie Ross’s granddaughter, Lesley Ross Alexander, for relating this story about her “Papa.”" Download the score here.
Piping competitions, whether band or solo, have always focussed on the 2/4 march as the undisputed test piece for technique and expression. Arguably this has resulted in the 6/8 march being considered as inferior and being neglected. However, despite there not being the same number of opportunities to play 6/8 marches there are still an enormous number of excellent tunes out there. In this series John Mulhearn looks at some of the standards of the genre, taking time to look at how to successfully interpret the rhythm and draw out the phrasing, while paying equal attention to the technical difficulties in each tune.
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