Old and New World Highland Bagpiping

Old and New World Highland Bagpiping

by John G. Gibson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773522913

ISBN-13: 9780773522916

Pub. Date: 05/22/2002

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


The work is the result of over thirty years of oral fieldwork among the last Gaels in Cape Breton, for whom piping fit unself-consciously into community life, as well as an exhaustive synthesis of Scottish archival and secondary sources. Reflecting the invaluable memories of now-deceased new world Gaelic lore-bearers, John Gibson shows that traditional community…  See more details below

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The work is the result of over thirty years of oral fieldwork among the last Gaels in Cape Breton, for whom piping fit unself-consciously into community life, as well as an exhaustive synthesis of Scottish archival and secondary sources. Reflecting the invaluable memories of now-deceased new world Gaelic lore-bearers, John Gibson shows that traditional community piping in both the old and new world Gàihealtachlan was, and for a long time remained, the same, exposing the distortions introduced by the tendency to interpret the written record from the perspective of modern, post-eighteenth-century bagpiping. Following up the argument in his previous book, Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945, Gibson traces the shift from tradition to modernism in the old world through detailed genealogies, focusing on how the social function of the Scottish piper changed and step-dance piping progressively disappeared. Old and New World Highland Bagpiping will stir controversy and debate in the piping world while providing reminders of the value of oral history and the importance of describing cultural phenomena with great care and detail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773522916
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2002
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History Series
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Charts and Table
Preface
Illustrations and Maps
Introduction3
Pt. 1Piping in the Jacobite Highlands from 1745
1The MacGregors and Piping in Glengarry19
2Keppoch, Clanranald, and Cameron Piping41
3Piping in MacLean Country67
4Fraser, Farquharson, MacIntosh, Grant, Chisholm, and Barra MacNeil Pipers86
5Raasay MacLeods, Glencoe MacDonalds, Appin Stewarts, and Cluny MacPhersons108
Pt. 2"Hereditary" or Chiefs' Pipers in Hanoverian Scotland
6Piping in MacCrimmon and MacDonald Skye and in Strathspey (Grants)127
7Piping in Glenorchy/Breadalbane, in Islay, and in MacDougall and MacIntyre Territory149
8Sutherland and Gairloch, Seaforth, and Gordon Piping169
Pt. 3New World Piping in Cape Breton
9The East Bay Area of Cape Breton and the MacLean Pipers in Washabuck193
10Piping and Tradition in the Margarees, Inverness County218
11Piping in the Glendale Area, River Denys Mountain, Melford, Big Marsh, Orangedale, and Valley Mills237
12Pipers, Piping, and Cultural Glimpses of West Lake Ainslie253
13Reverend Archibald Campbell's Observations of Piping in Judique267
14Some Pipers in Northern Cape Breton280
Conclusion299
Glossary301
Notes303
Bibliography389
Index417

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