I am pleased to report on the progress of my friend Roddy MacLeod since he left the National Piping Centre. Undoubtedly one of the stand out pipers of his generation, Roddy has built upon his playing and teaching credentials with a move into the design and manufacture of bagpipes, in conjunction with David Naill and Co. This is a natural extension following the success of the RJM chanter and his new website is well worth checking out. We wish Roddy all the very best with this new venture.
(Photo of Roddy by Derek Maxwell)
I've recently hit/smashed/crept up to 60 years young and purchased a Shepherd small pipe combination set in A and D. I'm hoping to learn a few tunes from Stuart Sampson's new download book The Parkgrove Collection. I will review it shortly for you but it is bound to be really good. I know Stuart is a big fan of the late Bob Shepherd's instruments so hopefully it will be a fitting tribute to Bob to play Stuart's new tunes on the Shepherd small pipes. Click through to the Shepherd web site where you can find Stuart playing a lament to the great reed maker - a most fitting tribute.