This was our second ever Zoom meeting and was an outstanding evening with 18 joining from all over the world including USA (2), Canada (1), England (3) and Lapland (1).
The Hon P/M ran over our beautiful new slow air Cearcal a’ Chuain (pronounced Key-ar-cull a choo-ein (thank you Kaitlin)) including pre-recorded seconds before the Virtual Pie-Break.
We then handed over the rest of the meeting to Ross Miller and Kaitlin Ross.
Ross is already a fine (Grade 8) trombonist having played with the RSNO. He can pipe pretty well too and won The Worlds last year with Inveraray and was a finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition. He is Secretary of The Competing Pipers’ Association – taking on a role which Eagle Pipers Tracey Williams, Peter McAlister and Donald MacLeod performed so well at.
He played live from his flat in Glasgow. Was this the first genuinely live Scottish piping recital since March 2020? Others have taken place over Livestream but were largely competitions. I’m happy to be corrected.
Ross played a number of sets from his new album, The Roke, on both big and small pipes. For the latter he was joined by Kaitlin Ross on guitar. Kaitlin is a star in her own right and is more well known as the Lead Singer of Eabhal.
The recital was outstanding with some brilliant tunes, playing and musicianship. It provided a reminder of what we are missing in real life.
Ross and Kaitlin are professional musicians at the start of their careers and both have created albums which were nominated for Album of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards (Ross 2020; Kaitlin 2019). I urge you to buy both albums, particularly if you are fortunate to be working from the boredom of a home office. You will not be disappointed and will be supporting an industry in dire need of a boost.
I enclose You Tube clips of two sets recorded on the night. They comprise the opening two tracks off Ross’s album. The quality is a little fuzzy and is no reflection on the professional set up Ross and Kaitlin had in their flat. Sadly Zoom is very useful but not perfect.
Our next meeting will be on 15th December when we will be playing back the best videos and prize winners of the 2020 Handicap Contest. Entries close at 2200hrs on 29th November 2020.