Bagpipes, Pipers, Drummers and Pipe Bands
Ardle Enterprises - Music for Pipes and Drums> sells a book with a selection of piping tunes and another with snare drum beatings; there are some WAV format samples to download.
Bagpipe Associates provide Scottish and Irish bagpipe music for all occasions with solo bagpiper, bagpiper and drummer, Mini Band or Full Pipe Band in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Area, Out State Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Northern Iowa.
Bagpipe Web> has all you ever wanted to know about bagpipes with extensive information and links, including concerts, gatherings and pipe tunes (in GIF format) to download.
Bagpiper.Com> has links to lots of pipe bands, piping and drumming organisations plus results of the World Pipe band competition.
Bagpipers of Distinction are based in Edinburgh and aim to provide best quality Scottish Great Highland Bagpipers wherever, whenever you require. It is an association of experienced performers who can provide pipers, drummers, pipe bands, mini-pipe bands, ceilidh bands and Highland Dancers for any occasion including weddings, Burns Suppers, funerals and business and corporate events.
Bagpipes at Best> has a collection of over 400 bagpipe tunes in midi format.
Bagpipes from Beggbagpipes.com> was started by James Begg in 1980 and can supply, repair or refurbish any item connected to the great highland bagpipe. The bag has been used extensively by the Highland Regiments by the StrathClyde Police during its success in the 1980's up until today. The shop has a vast array of mail order products and the online store we can supply quality products.
Bagpipes Galore has been making and selling bagpipes in Edinburgh's Royal Mile for over ten years. Their online shop specialises in inexpensive instruments suitable for beginners and has advice on learning bagpipes and brief bagpipe history. Also available are books, CDs, chanters, Highland bagpipes, small pipes, reeds and accessories.
Bagpipes go to the Movies> has all the movies in which bagpipes are involved, listed and described.
Pipe Major Albert Insley Blue is based in Santa Rosa, California and offers his skills at functions of all kinds, from weddings to funerals and corporate and historical re-creational events. He has been piping nationwide for more than thirty years for film, theatre, radio and television. He has piped for champion dancers, foreign dignitaries, British royalty, Royal Navy vessels, Paramount Motion Pictures, Universal Studios - and Snoopy.
Borealis is a five piece band based in Ayrshire, creating and performing their own arrangements of the songs of Robert Burns in a fusion of jazz, classical, folk and blues. They have been giving live performances of their unique, contemporary interpretations of the songs of Robert Burns since 2005. Although they specialise in Burns, you can expect a much wider repertoire in their recitals on request, covering "From Burns to Bacharach".
Caber Records are based in Michigan and have produced a CD of songs accompanied by bagpipe music entitled "Pipin' Hot". The site has a number of mp3 samples to download to allow you to get the flavour.
Canadian Bagpipe Links has a huge set of links relating to bagpipes in Canada, covering (among other things) pipe bands, piping schools, associations, pipe music, Highland games - and bagpipe humour.
The Chanter Shop is based in Dunoon (home of the world famous Cowal Highland Games). They sell an extensive range of bagpipe practice chanters in addition to hemp, reeds and piping tutors, one of which is now available on CD format. Online orders can be posted worldwide.
College of Piping based in Glasgow has offered a unique and comprehensive service providing lessons, examinations, accommodation, all instruments and music and a knowledge base for all students of the great music since 1944. The college's "Green Book" is probably the most used piping primer in existence. The college also publishes the monthly Piping Times.
College of Piping > and Celtic Performing Arts, based in Prince Edward Island, Canada will help if you want to learn how to play the pipes. The College was established to preserve and promote Celtic culture and heritage and offers instruction in bagpiping, drumming, Highland dancing, stepdancing, fiddling, piano, whistle and guitar!
Pipe Major Roderick Deans can add a musical sparkle to any event with the combination of traditional highland dress, award winning bagpiping playing a mixture of traditional tunes and more contemporary music to meet your requirements. Roderick has been playing the bagpipes for 17 years, entertaining people from all over the world, from Scotland to the Ukraine, Australia and Kenya. He will attend events throughout the central regions of Scotland but is more than happy to pack his pipes and travel a little further if required.
Bob Dunsire Piping Forum is getting to be THE place to discuss piping and drumming on the web
with a truly worldwide audience.
Edinburgh Bagpipes aims to provide a diverse range of quality highland bagpipes and piping related products through their secure online store. Worldwide shipping.
The firm of Gillanders & McLeod, Bagpipe Makers> was established in 1926. The company has been based in Edinburgh since 1977 and is headed by Iain McLeod who at one time was Pipe Major of the world famous Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band (leading them to five World Championships) and had acquired a reputation as a world class solo piper. The company is a contractor to HM Government and supplies countless bands and individuals in the UK and with 75% of their production exported.
R.G. Hardie & Co are makers of Highland bagpipes which can trace their origins back to 1868. The company is now run by two Pipe Majors of World Pipe Band Champions. In 1966 the company received The Royal Warrant to supply bagpipes to the Queen. The Scottish workshops supply sets of bagpipes all over the world and while there is always a large stock available, custom orders can be carved and mounted to customers' own specification.
Pipe Major Alan J Harrison has been playing the Scottish Great Highland bagpipes for nearly 40 years with a number of pipe bands and at many different types of occasion - weddings, birthday parties, ladies nights, Burns nights, ceilidhs etc to TV and radio, orchestral performances, international music and dance festivals and pipe band competitions in Britain and almost every European country. He is a holder of an advanced certificate from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and has a full teachers certificate for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
Henderson Imports has a long page covering the Evolution of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
Kinross Pipe Band was formed in 1946 and the website promotes the Band, it's history and it's current engagements - and encourages new playing members. Kinross Pipe Band have recorded a CD entitled "Scottish Pipes and Drums" which is available for purchase online.
Learn2pipe aims to teach people to play the Great Highland Bagpipes and also sell pipes and chanters. The learn2pipe program is not solely a teach yourself program as the tutor, Pipe Major Robert R. Pinkman, shows pupils how to read music, hold the chanter properly, make all the movements required to play correctly and some tunes.
Linlithgow & District Pipe Band> finished Second in the Grade 4B Champion of Champions in 1999 and have received promotion for the Millenium Season to Grade 4A.
Macalester College Pipe Band is located in St. Paul, MN, and is one of only a handful of college pipe bands in the United States and performs at various Macalester and Twin Cities functions throughout the year.
Midwest Bagpipe Supply is a worldwide retailer of Great Highland Bagpipes, Smallpipes, Reeds, Drums, Music Books, CD's, and Highland Wear.
The National Piping Centre in Glasgow incorporates the Museum of Piping displaying an outstanding collection of piping artefacts and related items, housing much material on loan from the National Museum of Scotland.
They also offer evening classes, the Institute of Piping Certificate of Piping Programme, a Diploma in piping and in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama a Bachelor of Arts Degree in "Scottish Music - Piping". There is also a magazine Piping Today which covers wide-ranging aspects of the current piping scene and has a wide international reach. It specialises in in-depth features and current news, including coverage of ongoing research and new products.
Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Band in Washington State was formed in 1972. The Band has won numerous awards for performances in parades, graduations, and other private and civic events and has performed in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. Scotland was toured on two occasions.
The Piobaireachd Society has collected the available piobaireachd manuscripts and from these and the knowledge of the existing experts and players published 15 books with the piobaireachd, written in staff notation accompanied by notes on the sources. The Society has also published the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor by Archibald Campbell - a collection of 112 of the better-known tunes. The titles of the tunes are listed on the site.
Pipefest is the Web site set up by Epic Concepts who organise a number of major events such as the Tunes of Glory Tartan Day parades in New York and Chicago. They are also inviting every pipe band in the World to the Capital of Scotland for the Dunedin Gathering in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2005.
Piper and Drummer> is an award-winning quarterly international publication published by the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. The magazine is devoted solely to piping and drumming.
The Piping Hot Festival builds on the success of the annual World Pipe Band Championship (WPBC) held on Glasgow Green every August. Now the week-long Piping Hot Festival, culminating in the Championship itself, will include concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, forums, a pipers’ parade and a series of free performances around Glasgow city centre.
Piping in Skye features Hector Mackenzie, Piper, at Duntulm, Isle of Skye with a RealPlayer sound clip and a history of bagpipes in Skye.
Ringwood Pipe Band> has an illustrated review of the Wessex Tattoo.
Robertson & Co are manufacturers and exporters in Chah Ragian, Pakistan. The site has an on-line catalogue of musical instruments, bagpipes, pipe band requirements, percussionand ethnic intruments.
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) is the governing body for pipe band competitions and organises the annual World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. Their official site has a calendar of events in Scotland, archive of results (2001) and rules of the association.
Scotia Pipers> were formed to provide top quality bagpipers from John O’groats in Scotland to Stewart Island In New Zealand. The company is headquartered in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. They are able to offer the services from anything from a single piper up to full scale Grade 1 World Championship Prize winning Pipe Band for weddings, funerals, business events, parties, Burns Suppers etc.
Simon Fraser University pipe band has captured many national and international prizes including the ultimate prize, the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship - four times (so far!). Their site has a history of the band and some RealAudio files of their performances.
The Sons of Scotland Pipes & Drums are Canada's oldest civilian pipe band, founded in Ottawa in 1899. They perform in around 50 concerts and parades each year, including the celebration of Tartan Day in the nation's capital on 6 April.
Alan Prentice at Stirling Highland Dancers can not only provide a piper (he has been piping for many years) but also can
can supply Highland dancers for all types of events, or even a full evening of Scottish entertainment comprising accordionist, fiddler, singer, piper, dancers, and an actress performing 15 minute solo sketches.
Stirling Bagpipes is a a family run business based in Stirling that combines a manufacturing workshop and a retail outlet specialising in making high quality hand crafted highland bagpipes as well as smallpipes and borderpipes. They also have a wide range of piping & drumming accessories. They offer bespoke bagpipes from a standard range but can also create tailor made sets according to customers' specifications. In their store they also specialise in a wide collection of antique bagpipes of famous makes (eg. Henderson, Glens, Lawrie, Robertson, Starck ) which they sell all over the wsorld.
Aaron Todd is a teenager but is already the official piper to the House of Gordon, Virginia. Everyone in his family plays an instrument - ranging from piano, flute and piccolo to bass guitar and French Horn. Aaron is steadily working his way up the solo piping grades. And as Pipe Sergeant (and Acting Pipe Major) of the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums he has successfully led the band at a number of competitions.
Visit Dunkeld has a good page covering the history of the bagpipes from Roman times through to the present day.
The Voice Online> is the publication of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. It provides a list of members, a calendar of events, pictures (pipe bands, of course) and a list of "Champions of Champions" pipe bands.
Scottish Singers, Groups and Music Retailers
- Mairi Armstrong is a Scottish, classically trained singer who has gone back to her roots and first love to record an album of some of her favourite Scottish songs in a CD titled "Songs From Elsewhere" with a backing that is folk/rock influenced.
- Battlefield Band > has an official web site which describes them as "legendary music makers" and provides biographies of the members and information about the band's history and tour dates plus their recordings.
- Bay City Rollers> Web site has a discography, news, graphics and fan club details.
- Benachally Ceilidh Band is a lively and enthusiastic Scottish ceilidh band featuring highly experienced and versatile musicians based in Perthshire, Scotland. They play a refreshing mixture of Celtic music predominantly from Scotland and Ireland at weddings, ceilidhs, folk festivals, Burns suppers, St Andrew's celebrations and Scottish nights, corporate functions and parties throughout Scotland and worldwide.
- Big Squeeze is an Edinburgh-based ceilidh collective who blend Scottish and Irish tunes, instrumentals and Gaelic mouth-music to create a uniquely driving sound. Available for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, end-of-term parties, Hogmanays, Burns nights, fundraisers - in fact, hoolies of any kind!
- Bonnie Scotland was written for and dedicated to all Scots wherever in the world they may be. Here it is sung by "Tapsalteerie" - a wee group of young friends from Gourock. You can listen to the song being sung by "Tapsalteerie" as well as an instrumental version. There is also a copy of the song track or video available for purchase.
- Alison Burns is a songwriter, music facilitator, educator and community choir director who provides singing workshops, forgotten carol performances, music education, in-service teacher training and music products. She also writes songs for community and folk choirs as well as for schools.
- Calasaig is a young (multi-instrumental) band creating quality Scots folk music...tasteful and laid back. Formed in the late 90s, they have already produced a number of CDs and a 54 minute video called "Beginnings". They have a busy touring schedule which has included gigs in The UK, Turkey, Russia, Canada and Belgium.
- Caledon are Scotland's own "Three Tenors" with a repertoire drawn from a rich and diverse selection of Scottish songs with a contemporary musical arrangement to each song score. They have toured the world and are popular in North Anerica and Germany as well as in scotland. They were invited to sing at the opening of the new Scottish Parliament and have performed in New York for Tartan Day celebrations. They also starred as the closing headliner "band" at Scotland's largest rock and pop festival, T in the Park, illustrating their popularity with music lovers of all ages and tastes. See also Scotland's Three Tenors elsewhere on the Rampant Scotland site.
- The idea for the Caledonian Tenors came from the legendary Scottish comedian and impressario, the late Jimmy Logan. These three versatile tenors sing a repertoire ranging from Scottish Music to Opera, with the emphasis on the promotion of Scottish Song both traditional and popular. Their performances are full of energy and enthusiasm but they can also deliver the gentle Scottish love songs with compassion.
- Canasg Music Publishing is an independent Edinburgh-based publisher of choral and group harmony music including lots of Scottish music - traditional Scots and Gaelic songs, lullabies, sacred music and Christmas carols, together with new settings of Scots poetry. Most of the Canasg composers are newly started or up-and-coming names. Whilst the aim is to sell the music of the composers, there are free downloads and MIDI files of all the songs available on the site.
- The Capercaillie> site has up-to-date news and a Realvideo clip of their latest album, back catalogue ordering, lyrics, official fan club and message board.
- Celtic Chords promotes Celtic and Traditional folk music. In adition to a selection of over 700 CDs covering mostly Celtic and Traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, USA, Canada and France, they stock a wide range of acoustic and and traditional musical instruments including stringed instruments, squeezebox instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments, instrument bags, cases and stands, strings and other musical accessories. They can also quote for custom-made instruments from a number of specialist instrument manufacturers.
- Champin' at the Bit is a new Inverness based, six piece folk/ceilidh band available for functions, parties and dances.
- Clarinda’s Reply is an album created by Kevin Walsh, who was born and raised in Scotland and is a member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. His first CD contains songs and instrumentals which defer to the genius of Robert Burns. There are MP3 sound clips on the site to allow you to hear such tracks as "The Lion and The Cross" and "The Last Rose of Summer".
- Clarinda the Musical is a new Scottish musical play that tells the fascinating story of Nancy Mclehose and Robert Burns and their platonic affair that gave rise the Clarinda and Sylvander exchange of letters and inspired Burns to write "Ae Fond Kiss". Written by Mike Gibb and Kevin Walsh, it sees the events and relationships she was involved in from Nancy’s perspective. The site includes samples of the songs to download, lots of details about the relationship, publicity stills relating to the production and details of where the play can be seen.
- Cutting Edge Band has a mix of original and inspiring Celtic music. Highlights in their latest CD include a hypnotic funk groove complimented with muted trumpet and a lively pipe reel overdubbed with ambient African chants.
- Darker Wing> has been recorded by McGill, a new singer from Skye. The Web pages provide lyrics and sound files to download.
- Del Amitri > fans have not been overlooked with this official site of music clips, concert reviews, pictures, tour dates, lyrics, newsletters and "Radio Free Del Amitri."
- Christopher Dean> is a US-based Celtic Fingerstyle Guitarist who specializes in performing traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish Folk Music. In 2000, he released a CD "Highland Heritage" which is an album of easy listening Scottish and Irish instrumental music performed on solo fingerstyle guitar. The music on this album is performed with a great deal of emotional sensitivity, reflecting Chris' Scottish and Irish roots. Other recent albums include "The Gael" and "Celtic Journey".
- Margaret Donaldson learned to play piano and guitar and started to sing at an early age in her home town of Port Seton on the Firth of Forth. These days, she teaches piano, singing and music theory to students of all ages and musical styles - from light classics to light rock, and almost everything in between. However, Margaret has always had a particular fondness for traditional Scottish songs and there are a number of MP3 files of these to download from her site.
- Douglas McLean is a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist with a great interest in his Celtic heritage. His many original songs are based either on historical fact or stories about real people and his love of the Gaelic language even prompted him to learn it himself and he now hosts local Gaelic classes. Whether singing a heartfelt Gaelic love ballad or a Scottish battle song, his music resides at the heart of Celtic culture.
- Dukebox Showband perform at corporate events, weddings, parties, and other social occasions, mainly in Central Scotland though they have performed further afield too.
- Ben Edom is a leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with a strong, modern Celtic feel to his work. There are MP3 clips from Ben's latest CD 'Spindrift' on the site.
- Fiddler's Bid> is Shetland's Number 1 fiddle group and their site gives biographical information on the members.
- Fraser Bruce Entertainment represents the "Three Tenors" - Declan Mccusker, John Carlo Bellotti and Robert W Crowe.
- Greentrax Recordings > gives new musicians and singers the opportunity to reach a wider audience. A number of their recording artists have become established, including Shooglenifty, Ceolbeg, Aly Bain, Dick Gaughan and the McCalmans.
- Gremlin is a recording company in inverness with a new purpose built studio who manage and promote a number of talented artists.
- Andy Gunn was born in Glasgow and raised in the Highlands and his music making encompasses a range of styles, like blues, jazz, folk and basically "anything that feels right." He formed a band 'Jumpin' the Gunn' and signed for Virgin's blues label Pointblank. Andy later went back to writing and jamming with friends and has toured Britain and Europe and performed on TV and radio.
- Harp & Thistle is a huge online store with over 2,000 titles in stock, based in West Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, specializing in Celtic-Irish, Scottish, Bagpipe, Cape Breton, and Canadian-Maritime CDs.
- Highland Classics has CDs, video, DVD, books about the bagpipes including "Instrument of War" and "When the Pipers Play". Also fiddle music, folk songs and ballads.
- Highland Prophecy is a full length album by Douglas McLean, a Sacramento based singer songwriter. It showcases a collection of twelve newly written and traditional songs with everything from traditional acoustic ballads to electric guitar fueled anthems, it is a welcome addition to any Celtic music lover's collection.
- Hilary de Vries creates new tunes for folk music written in a Scottish vernacular (though influenced also by music from other countries). This website is both a showcase for her music and an opportunity to share some of her tunes with others. You'll find some of her music available to download as sheet music, with alternative versions for bagpipes and Northumbrian smallpipes. There are also Midi files of the tunes so you can listen to them and get a feel for them.
- Hoolet> are Janice McGrath and Neil Scott who perform a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk song. Janice, sings songs from a’ the airts - Scotland, Ireland, England and the USA - and plays guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. Neil accompanies Janice on octave mandolin, bouzouki, harmonicas and percussion, and occasionally lets loose with some fine fiddle tunes - on the harmonica!
- Horse McDonald was described by Q Magazine as "... one of the finest singers in Britain". She became well known as the lead singer/songwriter with 'horse' the band, who first came to prominence in the early nineties. The band's first album ' 'The Same Sky' was released in 1990 included the hit track Careful. Horse has travelled widely, worked in the US, Holland, Germany and the UK. The second album ' God's Home Movie' on MCA, was released in 1993.
- The Howff Band is a Ceilidh band with a mixture of traditional Scottish/Irish Ceilidh music, coupled with classic contemporary folk, rock and pop songs. The site describes their recipe as "Take Full Highland Swirlin' Pipes, Add Funky Bass Rhythms, Mix Melodic Mandolin, Blistering Banjo, Precision Percussion And Full Attack Accordion." They are based in Central Scotland and provide music for all sorts of occasions.
- David Kilpatrick is an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, singer and organiser of a weekly folk club in the small town of Kelso, Scottish Borders and can be booked for folk club evenings. In addition to many CDs (with MP3 examples to download) of his work on the site, he also sells by mail-order affordable 'travel guitars' which are a cross between a cittern and a guitar and which are made in Romania. He has also set up Troubadour UK to provide a wider range of stringed instruments.
- Kist o' Dreams provides a number of lullabies from Scottish tradition. Many are in Gaelic, with English translations. If you are looking for the words to a half-remembered snippet of song from your youth, you may find it on this website.
- Linn Records has a small but growing catalogue of Scottish music covering jazz and classical CD's as well as Scottish folk. Their flagship project is to record on CD the Complete Songs of Robert Burns in 12 volumes.
- Macmeanmna Records is a specialist Gaelic Music Company with a website dedicated to the promotion of Gaelic Artists worldwide. As well as Macmeanmna's own artists featured here, they also distribute through a mail order catalogue, a wide selection of Celtic music from their shop on the Isle of Skye.
- Peter MacCalman> is a prolific modern composer who writes music in a wide range of different styles: orchestral, chamber, funk, dub, dance, drum'n'bass and many more. He works in the general field of TV and film.
- Mairi MacInnes was born on the beautiful island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides where Gaelic was her first language and became one of the youngest winner of the prestigious Gold Medal at the National Mod in Skye. She is now an established recording artist, composer and songwriter who has toured the USA and Canada. There is an mp3 music clip (30 secs) from Mairi's latest album Orosay in the Web site.
- Macumba> is a group which mixes African and Scottish instruments and music using percussion - ( the site lists Surdos: marca; dobra and contra, Congas, Repiqué, Pandeiro, Snare, Timbales, Bongos, Shekere, Chocalhos, Agogo, Tamborim, Cuíca, Bincym and other noisy things) plus the Great Highland Bagpipe, Border Pipe, Whistle, Shuttle Pipes, Bass Guitar and Tres. There are RealAudio sample tracks if you don't believe it!
- Lena Martell's website aims to keep you up to date on news, concert dates and releases on this popular Scottish singer. Lena has recorded over 30 albums including an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first Scottish female singer to have the biggest selling single staying in the charts for 36 weeks and five weeks at Number One in four countries.
- Moira Kerr's official Web Site has a biography, a song list of all her own works (and that's a lot!), all the latest news on her delightful CDs and video (including free MP3 audio tracks to download) plus details of how to order the CDs and video. There are more RealAudio tracks from Moira's CDs at Scottish Radiance>.
- Donnie Munro Appreciation> site is mainly about Donnie but also extends into other aspects of Runrig with biography, history of Runrig, pictures and links.
- Musical Works is the Web site of Davie Tait, a Scottish singer songwriter and musician based in Bo'ness, Scotland. He performs traditional folk music as well as modern and original songs travelling the length and breadth of Scotland bringing his music to pubs, bars and music festivals. Samples of of his work which can be heard in the downloads section of his site.
- North Sea Gas> (or NSG for brevity) is a Scottish Folk band from Edinburgh with a colorful 20-year history. The site has information, music and tour dates.
- Out Of The Bedroom is an open mic night run by musicians for musicians. Singer-songwriters perform each week at The Waverley Bar, 3-5 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh. The Web site features news, reviews, MP3
downloads from musicians and a short history of the Edinburgh singer-songwriter scene.
- Proclaimers official site has news, tour dates, music, story of the Proclaimers, press notices, videos and online shop.
- Poor Singer's Association> is a duet singing at re-enactments and they have released their first tape, of Civil War and Celtic ballads and battle songs.
- Raggle Taggle Band is a group of friends from Detroit, mainly with some sort of Celtic heritage, who play all your favourite Irish and Scottish party type tunes, with a few ballads thrown in for good measure. They have played in all types of venues - and are ready to entertain you!
- Rock Salt and Nails > pages contain their discography and tour schedule plus a photo album.
- Rough Diamonds Records are dedicated to giving artists and bands opportunities which they are otherwise denied. Demos are listened to by their experts and honestly appraised. Bands who are signed to the Rough Diamonds group are given recording time, CD production, duplication and distribution - and a web page on the Rough Diamonds site.
- REL Records have a wide selection of Scottish traditional music and video ranging from the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and Sir Jimmy Shand to Pipes and Drums, Scottish Accordion, Harp, Folk and Celtic Music. Videos feature Scottish scenery, historic castles and vibrant Scottish music.
- Ross Records> is based in Aberdeenshire and produces and sells a wide range of videos, tapes and CDs. There are sound clips on the site so that you can sample before you buy.
- Runrig > has a site with information about these popular Scottish folk groups with tour dates, albums and comment.
- Runrig Webring> has a list of a number of sites dedicated to the group.
- The official website of Isla St Clair, one of Scotland's foremeost traditional singers has a biography, sample music and the opportunity to buy her CD's.
- Scotland's Hills> is a ballad, revealing emotions of love and sadness of a Scot leaving his native land to find a better life. It was written originally by David Gray Lamb who was born in California near Falkirk and added to and re-arranged by his daughter Maureen. It gained the name of A Millennium Song for the Highlands and is available on CD.
- ScotsMarket.com is an online community for Scottish Music, Videos, and related products from the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra to Isla St. Clair. The site has news updates on Scottish music, and events, list of products available and each artist plus an Online Forum for discussions on a Scottish theme.
- Scottish Folk Directory> provides a focal point for a number of folk artists with a good list of events, performers and services (agents, promoters etc).
- Scottish Independent Music is dedicated to bringing you the very best in Scottish mp3 downloads and Scottish CDs. They promote Scottish music that is happening right now at gigs up and down the country and the featured Scottish musicians regularly update the information on this site themselves. You can listen to free samples of every Scottish song or tune the musicians have to offer and purchase and download their music as mp3 or you can order CDs of the Scottish music on offer.
- Scottish Music at its Best> is a small selection of artists performing in the Scottish music scene with details of their recordings.
- Scottish Music Home Page> is the web site of a UK company which provides a range of performers including pipers, ceilidh bands, highland dancers, accordian fiddle and clarsach players and Scottish singers.
- Scottish Music Promotions> based in Abbey-St-Bathans, Duns, Berwickshire, specialise in the rich musical Tradition of Scotland providing music for weddings, corporate entertainment etc. There are pipers, fiddlers, accordion and fiddle duos, Scottish singers, clarsach players, Scottish Traditional Dance Bands, Ceilidh Bands and country and Highland dancers.
- Seumas B's Online Music Shop is run by a lively Viking in Caithness who is dedicated to bringing you music for all tastes but in particular Celtic, Scottish and Folk music. Seumas also has a range of musical instruments and his crew are pillaging Caithness and the rest of Scotland in search of music for you all. And there are sample tracks from featured CD's to encourage you to plunder the piggy-bank and buy.
- Shuna Sendall is a Glasgow-based classical singer who has performed in a wide range of operas and recitals. Shuna is a previous winner of the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scot's Song and is a regular performer at Burns suppers at home and abroad. The site includes a number of Mp3 files to downlaod, ranging from Dvorak to Debussy.
- Seven Worlds music comes from a young singer/songwriter from Edinburgh who was inspired by the wave of British guitar bands in 1996. He now performs at open mic nights and has created demos of his melodic, thoughtful and emotional pop/rock songs. There is a Real audio promo track to download from his site.
- Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh is a group specialising in Gaelic work songs, particularly those sung by women while waulking the tweed. They are based in Greenock, Inverclyde, on the west coast of Scotland. Their name, Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh, means "Inverclyde Waulking Group".
- Six Mile Bridge> is a Celtic rock band "like you've never heard before" and their Web site has biographies, sound clips, photos of the band, news, and a mailing list.
- Smithfield Fair> performs Scottish and Celtic traditional music and their web site not only gives biographies of the players and forthcoming events but also a review of their CD "Scattered Seeds of Scotland"
- Smith/Mearns Recordings are based near Perth in central Scotland and have been recording Scottish and Gaelic music and song since 1989 with albums and videos by some of Scotland's leading musicians. Many of the accordionists are Scottish Accordion Champions who play a variety of music from Scottish Dance Music to virtuoso accordion music. The site has examples of scenes from their videos.
- Songlines is the Web site of Cheryl Anne Easton who can be engaged to sing on your special occasion such as weddings, concert recitals, Burns Suppers and Corporate Functions. Her wide ranging repertoire comprises Traditional Scottish Songs, English Folk Songs, Broadway and West End Musicals, German Lied, French Chanson, Oratorio and Opera.
- Sounds of Scotland > is a roll-call of Scottish bands, groups and individual singers (from the Alexander Brothers through Shooglynifty to Wolfstone) at this site with an extensive catalogue of tapes and CD's of many Scottish entertainers, available for purchase, on-line, from this site.
- Christina Stewart from Inverness and while at university she participated in the Lothian Gaelic Choir. After graduating she got involved with the Highland Traditional Music Festival and the Skye Folk Festival. She then became assistant Arts Officer at Highland Council but continued to work with Feis Rois, HTMF and the Skye Folk Festival in her spare time. She now works freelance and can concentrate more on her special passion - traditional song. Her site covers information on her albums, the background and dedication to the oral tradition, as well as news in the form of info on projects, workshops and performance dates.
- Tannahill Weavers> site has a tour schedule, list of recordings and contact information.
- Tarbert Music Festival> has details of the festival which takes place each September in Tarbert, Argyll.
- Texas >, the chart-topping group's website with photos, tour dates and biographies, including lead singer Sharleen Spiteri.
Torquil Productions> and Angus Macleod have recorded a CD entitled "The Silent Ones - A Legacy of the Highland Clearances" telling the story (in song) of Bruce County, Ontario's Lewis Settlers (Angus is descended from one of them). They were evicted from their crofts on the Isle of Lewis in 1851 and settled in the centre of Huron Township, Ontario, maintaining their language and culture well into the twentieth century.
- Traditional Music Sessions> is a collection point for sessions (pub-based gathering of musicians) around Scotland. Lists the events and locations and links where available.
TradTunes.com is offering traditional Celtic music, both Scottish and Irish, in digital format to download. A good number of international traditional music labels have signed up to supply tracks and there were well over 10,000 Celtic tunes available soon after launch and that number is bound to grow. Of course, you have to register and pay for each track, but for those in parts of the world where such music is largely unavailable, even in CDs, it is a boon.
- Trash Can Sinatras> are a pop group from Irvine, Ayrshire Scotland who have been described as the most under-rated and underappreciated band. This site tries to do something about that with a massive FAQ > on the group plus lots of links to other Web pages on Trash Can Sinatras.
- Travis Online> has reviews, message board, information, profiles, catalogue of releases and lyrics of the songs.
- The Wolfstone > site provides links to the latest news, discography, Wolfstone images.
Ceolas Celtic Music Archive>
Appears to be the largest collection of information on celtic music available on-line and has links to hundreds of related sites, divided into sections such as:
- Dancing> Websites dealing with Irish and Scottish dancing.
- Celtic Music Instruments> From the thump of the Bodhrán to the airy rasp of the wooden flute.
- Artists> Profiles and links to artists in the field of Celtic music.
- Celtic Musicians in Scotland> Discographies and links for some of the more popular celtic musicians and groups of today and the recent past.
- Pick of the Month Audio Files> Features a highly-rated new release or classic album, including sound clips in standard au and RealAudio format.
- Live Celtic Music> Concerts database of gigs in the USA and Canada.
- Tunes at Ceolas> Notation for several hundred traditional tunes, along with music software, an index of most published tune sources and links to other sites with tunes and songs.
Tullochgorm Celtic Music>
This site focuses on the history and tradition of Scottish celtic music, and regions of North America where the Scottish influence is strong, for instance, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. There are on-site pages and links to aspects such as:
Fiddle and Clarsach
A description of the Highland fiddle (and how it differs - or lack of it - from the classic violin) with RealAudio sample. Likewise a description and sound sample of the Clarsach or Celtic Harp. The site also has a Skye Scene Ceilidh Home Page and the Story of the Ceilidh.
Independent Video Productions
IVP has specialised in the production of Scottish dance videos for worlwide distribution for over 20 years. They have 5 Scottish dance videos covering such subjects as traditional 'ceilidh' dances, simple country dances, men's highland dances and ladies' step dances, Scottish country dancing. They are aimed at experienced dancers as well as those new to Scottish dancing.
Foot Stompin' Celtic Music>
Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary celtic music CDs with the very best new musicians, sparkling productions, special deals, monthly competitions and regular news.
Temple Records in Midlothian focuses on Scottish Traditional Music, plus a little bit of Irish Music with harp, bagpipe and fiddle music plus gaelic song, singer/songwriters and not forgetting Battlefield Band. Artists include Alison Kinnaird, Ann Heymann, Marie Ni Chathasaigh, Bill Taylor, Dr. Angus MacDonald, John D. Burgess, Shotts & Dkyehead Pipe Band, Christine Primrose, Arthur Cormack, Flora MacNeil, Brian McNeill, John McCusker, Alan Reid, Jim Hunter, Peter Nardini. There are free downloadable mp3 tracks from most of their albums.
Scottish Fiddle Orchestra>
A background to this world famous, toe-tapping orchestra with a discography of all their records and the dates of their concerts both at home and abroad.
na Clarsairean - The Harpers>
Fifty harpers from around the world have joined together to create recordings of celtic harp music. You can download a sample in a 4 megabyte file providing five minutes of music from this site.
Scottish Music Centre>
Based in Glasgow, the Scottish Music Centre (previously the Scottish Music Information Centre) provides a wealth of information about the Scottish music scene, with a concert diary and details of Scottish music on compact disc.
There is also a list of Scottish Composer Profiles>.
Music in Scotland >
A gateway to Scotland's music and is dedicated to promoting music with a Scottish connection to a world-wide audience. It promotes any company or individual with an interest in promoting music from Scotland.
When he is not involved with the Banquet of Musick early music group, Robert Lay runs Alba Musick (not a typo) which deals in secondhand and antiquarian sheet music of all types together with related books. His vast collection of classical music is probably the largest in Britain and if it's not in stock, his vast knowledge can often help to track it down - everything from Wagner to "Wee Deoch-an-Doris"!
Portland America is located in downtown Portland, Maine. It provides a source for CDs, Tapes (and some Videos) from Scotland, Cape Breton and Atlantic Canada, plus selected Irish, Welsh and U.S. Celtic titles - bagpipes, contemporary Folk, Celtic Rock, Gaelic song, Celtic/Classical, fiddle, harp, guitar, popular singers, Robert Burns songs, and easy listening.
Wide selection of Scottish music, videos, and related products ranging from Robert Burns to the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra (with all the published recordings and videos) to Isla St. Clair.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra>
The Web site provides the concert programme for the RSNO around Scotland and a background to the orchestra and its activities.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra>
Details of concerts, recordings, concert bookings and a huge list of classical music links plus a few large sample sound files to download.
Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust>
The Trust has been running full-time residential activity holidays based on orchestral and wind band playing, for 9-15 year-olds of grade 3 standard and above, since 1984. It now attract 130 - 150 children each year. There are professional instrumental tutors offering specialist advice on each instrument.
Edinburgh Youth Orchestra>
Founded in 1963, the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, is a full symphony orchestra with 100 players aged between 14 and 21 years, based in Edinburgh. The site provides background information and details of the orchestra's tour schedule.
The Whitburn Band was formed as Whitburn Town Band in 1870, a time when the Brass Band movement in Scotland was very much in it’s infancy. From 1948 onwards the band has been winning competitions, including winning six Scottish Brass Band Championships and 2nd prize achieved in the 1990 European Championships and victory in the 1991.
Moray Concert Brass>
The Web site of Moray Concert Brass, a youth brass band which was formed in 1991. It performs regularly around the North-East of Scotland and the site has a list of the dates and venues.
Scottish National Anthem>
While technically "God Save the Queen" is the national anthem of Scotland, a number of songs in recent years have vied for this title with "Flower of Scotland" often being used on sporting occasions. Other contenders include Scotland the Brave and Scots Wha Ha'e and even Auld Lang Syne and Amazing Grace.
In 1998, the Herald newspaper in Glasgow launched a competition for a new anthem for Scotland. A judging panel chaired by impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh selected Land of Light> with words and music by William Jackson. You can hear extracts of a RealAudio sound version and buy a CD performance of the song at this Mills Records> site. The words can also be found here> page.
The Scottish Anthem site has 13 national anthems written by Edward Cairney which have been created with the express purpose of acting as a catalyst which hopefully will allow people to focus their attention on this very important requisite for Scotland's identity and move the debate ahead. For each anthem there are words and music which can be downloaded and printed plus an mp3 backing track.
6000 Folk Songs - Scotland>
This is the Scottish page of a vast selection of songs - some just the words, some in midi format others in both formats.
Folk Music - Tunes, Lyrics & Information> provides that in plenty. The tunes are in Midi format and there is a Zip file if you want to download the lot!
Mudcat Cafe> is an excellent, searchable database of folk songs.
There is another index of this Digital Tradition Folk Music Database which differs in that songs which have tunes have those tunes available as GIFs or PostScript scores.
Bard's Celtic Lyric Directory has Popular Lyrics, Chords, MP3s.
My Song Book has a wide range of folksongs, including many relating to Scotland (the alphabetic song-list pages have flags denoting a country of origin).
Borders Songs> is a personal selection of the words of some of the ballads from that area.
There is a large collection of Traditional Tunes> of Scotland (and elsewhere) - see the list "by country".
Music of Yesterday contains midi files and sheet music for a large number of public domain songs, including a some which originated in Scotland.
Dick Gaughan's Song Library> is an extensive collection of the words (and, in a few cases, the music) of many traditional Scottish songs.
MusicScotland.com> is a Scottish music directory with secure shopping cart and international CD mail order service. Search the catalogue for recordings by artists, bands or events.
Musica Viva lists sites which supply Scottish traditional music in midi or sheet music format for pipes, fiddle and voice.
The Bonnie Prince Charlie Web site is dedicated to Jacobite Songs and contains a large collection of Scottish songs relating to the '45 Uprising. Being a French Web site, the songs have French translations as well as the original English/Scots/Gaelic.
Phoenix Choir >
Dedicated to the famous Orpheus choir which delighted audiences in Scotland and abroad. The site has up-to-date information on concerts, recordings, events of the Phoenix. Selected tracks have been encoded using the Microsoft Advanced Streaming Format.
Forth Valley Chorus>
Formed in 1987 by a group of enthusiasts, the award-winning Forth Valley Chorus has a website which gives the basics of barbershop singing and a history of the group as well as how to get in touch with them to join in. The Chorus perform their four-part harmony at an events ranging from the Royal Highland Show community coffee mornings.
Ericht Trust exists in order to provide a focus for musical activities in Blairgowrie from ceilidh bands, accordion and fiddle clubs, pipe bands, dance classes of all types and sessions in pubs to formal concerts and open air performances. It is also planning to create a national venue for both the study and performance of Scottish music in the form of a Scottish Traditional Music and Dance Centre in Blairgowrie.
Scotland On-Line Entertainment>
Articles and current news about a number of aspects of current entertainment from Scotland On Line, including Music News, Views, Reviews and Previews; TV Video News, Views, Reviews and Previews; Gallery News, Views, Reviews and Previews; Books News, Views, Reviews and Previews.
Although it is primarily involved with Glasgow, the site is designed to promote live jazz music throughout Scotland with interviews on musicians from all over. There are live jazz listings, venue reviews and links to a variety of Scottish jazz sites.
Glasgow International Jazz Festival>
The site has a list of events including places where admission is free.
Jazz Music in Scotland> provides news, artists, concerts, venues, links.
Bluegrass in Scotland>
A source for up-to-date information on the Scottish bluegrass scene - festivals, concerts, Scottish Bluegrass Bands, Picking Sessions, News, Reviews, Photos, Mail Order CDsetc.
Highlandnet Events Listing>
The listing of entertainment and social events is modest but there is a large list of Biographies of Scottish Entertainers> with links to their own home pages, where known. The list is too long to reproduce here but includes such entertainers as:
Skyelive Celtic Music Listing>
This is a searchable database listing only the gigs of Scottish & Irish bands - like Runrig, The Battlefield Band, Tannahill Weavers, and many more, providing a good information source for all the major Scottish record labels, Government & private music organisations. Based on the Isle of Skye, Skye Live! is a non-profit organisation providing a unique resource to the Celtic
Live Music Listings in Scotland >
These pages give a very good list of live music events in pubs and clubs around Scotland for the current month.
The site fot >"T in the Park" has news, tickets, who's on, info, forum and links for this annual pop festival held at Balado, Kinross.
Pipe Organs of the Glasgow Area>
Descriptions and some illustrations of pipe organs in and around Glasgow.
An official site, there is a biography, concert schedule, photo gallery, press cuttings, awards and charity involvement and scholarships available to children with hearing loss, residing in the USA
Sir Harry Lauder>
This site not only has biographical details but Real Audio samples of a number of his famous songs including "Stop your tickling Jock" and "Roamin in the Gloamin" plus "I love a Lassie" and, of course, "A Wee Deoch an Doris".
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society> is the official Web Site for Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. There are associated Scottish Country Dance> resource pages specifically aimed at Scottish Country dancers and other pages for Scottish Highland Dance>.
Sapphire Swan Dance Directory> has links to quite a number of Scottish country dance and dance society sites.
Strathspey Server > has an archive of past postings to the Strathspey mailing list and event listings and contact addresses for Scottish country dancing. There are also links to Scottish country dance groups who are on the Web.
Scotland : Music and Dance > from those informative people at Edinburgh University, provides information about folk music and bagpipes as well as Scottish country dancing.
Scottish Dancing in Edinburgh> is a comprehensive site with lots of information on forthcoming Scottish Dance Events in Scotland at large as well as Edinburgh Dance Pages and Scottish Dance Groups in Edinburgh. There is also a vast set of links to other Scottish dance pages on the Web.
Dancing of a different kind can be found at Salsa, Tango and all things Hispanic> which provides information and links on Latin American dancing in and around Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. The site also hosts the Edinburgh Tango Society> and a page on Salsa> and Samba>.
Ardbrae Dancers of Ottowa> has a Scottish Country Dancing FAQs and an events list plus links to other Canadian Scottish Country Dance Groups on the World Wide Web.
Bi-Co Scottish Country Dancing Club> is in Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (outside of Philadelphia, PA). The site contains information on the classes, events and dancing in general, as well as some links.
Dalriada Scottish Dancers> are based in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. They were formed in 1997 and perform the Scottish Highland and National Dances - Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Strathspey & Highland Reel (and sometimes a few Scottish Country Dances for fun!).
Gaelic Dream, based in Brisbane, Australia, is a family dance troupe promoting Scottish and Celtic culture in the community. They have all been formally trained in the art of Scottish Highland Dancing and their choreography is designed to put a new and refreshing interpretation on traditional dance. They regularly perform to a broad audience mix at a variety of prominent festivals, functions, Scottish events, Tattoos, medieval events, Highland Gatherings, dinners and private functions
Paris Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society meets most Monday nights and there are special classes for beginners. All you need is a pair of soft soled shoes and comfortable clothing to dance in!