Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

New Music Book: Doon the Redewater

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Over the last five years I’ve been helping out local mouth-organ player Don Clegg in transcribing all of his new compositions and now we’ve gathered them all together and published them in a proper book. “Doon the Redewater” is available at Core Music in Hexham and online

Doon the Redewater

Many of Don’s tunes are in the key of A, but he’s always happy to transpose for Northumbrian pipes – so we’ve also got a piper’s manuscript to accompany the book with all of the tunes arranged for NSP.

Don is also a wonderful dialect poet and storyteller and I’m currently compiling a book of poems & tales which should be available before Christmas.

Family Ceilidh – Kirkwhelpington Village Show 2nd Sept

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Kirkwhelpington village show takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd September across the road from the memorial hall.

Cross the Wannies will be playing for a family Ceilidh in the evening: 7.30pm – 10pm – tickets available on the door

How many keys do I need on my pipes?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Here’s the second of the decision charts for new pipers – one of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘what keys should I get?’ There is no perfect configuration – everything is a compromise – and the most common one is ‘standard 7’:


Note that this chart only applies for F & G pipes – on a D set the chanter stick is much longer and different restrictions apply.

Choosing your NSP Pitch: F, G or D?

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

For anyone new to Northumbrian piping, and expecially for a lone piper, it can be difficult to work out which sort of instrument to get. Whether commissioning a new set or looking for a used instrument – here’s a basic guide to choosing your Northumbrian smallpipes pitch:

As you can see – the default answer is ‘F’. At some point I’ll add another chart for choosing keys – that question comes up even more frequently – and the answer is ‘7’