Music book with DVD

An Introduction to Playing the Wire-strung Harp—a DVD & music book of lessons with Ann Heymann, Javier Sàinz & Bill Taylor, ed. Barnaby Brown and Bill Taylor (Glasgow: Siubhal 2012)

Edited series of CD-books

Silva Caledonia—Scottish Harp Music of the 17th Century (Glasgow: Siubhal, 2008)

Allan MacDonald—Dastirum (Glasgow: Siubhal, 2007). The Introduction is available online at

Donald MacPherson—A Living Legend (Glasgow: Siubhal, 2004)

Book chapter with CD

The Iain Dall chanter: material evidence for intonation and pitch in Gaelic Scotland, 1650–1800. In The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition ed. Joshua Dickson (Aldershot etc.: Ashgate, 2009)

Articles & editions

Scottish traditional grounds. In Piping Today (2009–)

  1. Tulloch GormI O I I. Also in issue 38 is an interview feature by Mike Paterson, ‘Affirming an ancient intonation’.
  2. Maol DonnI I O I  O O I O. Issue 39
  3. Bonnie AnnieI I O O I I O I. Issue 42

The Red Speckled Bull, with Allan MacDonald. In Piping Today 25 (2007).

Launeddas e triplepipes. Uno strumento che attraversa i secoli e le civiltà. In Quaderni dell’Associazione culturale Italia-Inghilterra v (2006) pp. 43–54

Refreshingly different. An edition of “Lament for Alasdair Dearg MacDonald of Glengarry” in Piping Today 22 (2006).  Also in this issue is ‘The playful essence of ceòl mór,’ a feature by Mike Paterson on the CD-book Allan MacDonald—Dastirum (listed above).

The design of it: patterns in pibroch – the secret to composing, memorizing, and appreciating ceol mór. In The Voice:

  1. Winter 2004
  2. Spring 2005
  3. Summer 2005

Donald MacPherson—The P&D Interview. In Piper & Drummer Magazine 22/2–3 (2005)

The sound of it: chords and “sonority” — the difference between Western keys and Highland tastes. In The Voice, Fall 2004

Reclaiming 5/4. In The Piping World, March/April 2000

Pìobaireachd—When does the music start? In The Piping World 12 (1999)

One of the Irish piobarich—Cumha a’ Chléirich. In Piping Times51/3 (1998)

CD, web and radio – blog supporting distance learning and scholarship in pibroch performance (2008–)

Contributions for Scotland’s Music – A Radio History by John Purser, episodes 3, 45 & 51 (BBC Radio Scotland, 2007)

Composition for silver pipes and lyre of Ur (2006)

World premiere recording of ‘Piobarich aon Cnocan’, own compositions and arrangements with Gianluca Dessì, released on the album Band-Re—Strathosphere, Siubhal CD021 with track selection at (2006)

Contributions for CBC radio documentary ‘IDEAS: A Glorious Racket’ – Karl Turner explores the rise, fall, and revival of the bagpipes (2005). Available on CD from

World premiere recordings from the Campbell Canntaireachd manuscripts at the 1999 Edinburgh International Festival. Released on Ceòl na Pìoba—Pìob Mhòr, Greentrax CD5009 (2000)

Editorial consultant

Italian translation of A. F. W. Bentzon, The Launeddas, 2 vols, Acta Ethnomusicologica Danica 1 (Copenhagen: 1969). Launeddas (Cagliari: Iscandula 2004)

In preparation

The harmonic grounds of ceòl beag. A summary table of results so far is at