Old and New World Highland Bagpiping (NONE)

Old and New World Highland Bagpiping (NONE)

By: John G. Gibson (author)Hardback

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The work is the result of over thirty years of oral fieldwork among the last Gaels in Cape Breton, for whom piping fit unself-consciously into community life, as well as an exhaustive synthesis of Scottish archival and secondary sources. Reflecting the invaluable memories of now-deceased new world Gaelic lore-bearers, John Gibson shows that traditional community piping in both the old and new world Gaihealtachlan was, and for a long time remained, the same, exposing the distortions introduced by the tendency to interpret the written record from the perspective of modern, post-eighteenth-century bagpiping. Following up the argument in his previous book, Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945, Gibson traces the shift from tradition to modernism in the old world through detailed genealogies, focusing on how the social function of the Scottish piper changed and step-dance piping progressively disappeared. Old and New World Highland Bagpiping will stir controversy and debate in the piping world while providing reminders of the value of oral history and the importance of describing cultural phenomena with great care and detail.

About Author

John G. Gibson, a scholar of Gaelic culture and ethnographer who lives in Judique, Nova Scotia, is also the author of Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945 and The Back o' the Hill.


Part One: Piping in the Jacobite Highlands from 17451.The MacGregors and piping in Glengarry2.Keppoch, Clanranald and Cameron Piping3.Piping in MacLean Country4.Fraser, Farquharson, MacIntosh, Grant, Chisholm and Barra MacNeil Pipers5.Raasay MacLeods, Glencoe MacDonalds, Appin Stewarts and Cluny MacPhersonsPart Two: "Hereditary" or Chiefs' Pipers in Hanoverian Scotland6.Piping in MacCrimmon and MacDonald Skye and in Strathspey (Grants)7.Piping in Glenorchy/Breadalbane, in Islay and in MacDougall and MacIntyre Territory8.Sutherland and Gairloch, Seaforth and Gordon PipingPart Three: New World Piping in Cape Breton9.The East Bay Area of Cape Breton and the MacLean Pipers in Washabuck10.Piping and Tradition in the Margarees, Inverness County11.Piping in the Glendale Area, River Denys Mountain, Melford, Big Marsh, Orangedale and Valley Mills12.Pipers, Piping and Cultural Glimpses of West Lake Ainslie13.Reverend Archibald Campbell's Observations of Piping in Judique14.Some Pipers in Northern Cape Breton

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773522916
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
  • ID: 9780773522916
  • ISBN10: 0773522913

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