SR I am glad it’s no longer an endangered species and that your six years in Sardinia were worthwhile. You are now back spreading the gospel in Scotland, I hope we are all doing it in Ireland aswell. What are you going to play for us, or will you just start improvising?
BB Well, I suppose it’s a fusion. I can’t help but be influenced by the Sardinian tradition which is so rich – players like Luigi Lai and Efisio Melis. There is a living tradition there which we just don’t have in Scotland. That, pibroch, and Welsh sixteenth-century harp music are my three main sources of inspiration for this piece…
SR How fantastic! These pipes are about a foot long. It’s almost impossible to believe you got that extraordinary, glorious sound from those… I am lost in admiration, I have to say, and delight. It’s absolutely marvellous… I hope they get disseminated to a large and increasingly appreciative audience, they are absolutely wondrous.
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, 12 June 2009
Between vocal items the “northern triplepipes” virtuoso Barnaby Brown improvised on 13th-century Celtic chants. Don’t ask me how he managed to walk round, while keeping three wooden tubes buzzing in his mouth and conjuring elaborate two-part counterpoints over a drone. But it was amazingly compelling.
The Times, 18 June 2009. Review by Richard Morrison of a performance
with the Caius Consort at Spitalfields Festival, London
musical highlights were provided by the rarely-heard and ravishing sounds of Barnaby Brown’s triplepipes… an imaginative and enthralling show.
An Píobaire, November 2007. Review by Terry Moylan of a
performance at the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh