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Available now! Live recordings of the 2010 Pipe Band Competition and Professional Piobaireachd Competition

This year's line up of Pipe Bands was exceptional! The thirteen bands included the reigning World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band! Always looking for fun and new ways to promote our music and cultural community, not only on the day of the Games, but all year long, we produced a live recording of this fantastic competition as well as the professional piobaireachd competition.

Own your very own CD of the fantastic 2010 Pipe Band Competition and compliment it with the beautifully played 2010 Professional Piobaireachd CD, both for your enjoyment for years to come! Proceeds from the CD sales will help support the Portland Highland Games pipe band competition and solo piping and drumming competitions in future years, helping ensure great competitions with good judges and prize money for years to come.

The 2010 Professional Piobaireachd Competition included some of the top solo pipers in North America. The live CD recording includes the top four winners of the competition each playing one of the great classic tunes, Lament for Mary MacLeod, The Unjust Incarceration, Corrienessan's Salute or Lament for the Earl of Antrim.

The CDs were recorded and produced by Rob Barrick and are now available for purchase for $15 each. Send a check or money order to Portland Highland Games, PO Box 25034, Portland, OR 97298 or purchase online by credit card at Barbarrick Music. You can also order CDs online or buy digital downloads (including per-track downloads) at CD Baby (bands | piobaireachd).

Rob has been a recording engineer and music producer for sixteen years. Forty-four years as a bagpiper, as well as decades as an adjudicator, instructor and recording artist. Originally from Victoria, BC, Rob is well respected throughout the Northwest and Canada for his participation within the Celtic music community. Rob's current focus lies within assisting non-profit organizations with the goals of fundraising and archiving quality music throughout the Northwest.

Piobaireachd, referred commonly as Ceol Mor or Great Music, is the classical music of the great Highland bagpipe. It is an entirely different from music known as Ceol Beag or Little Music that includes marches, slow airs, jigs, reels, strathspeys, and hornpipes. The long classical pieces are often associated with particular individuals, clans or historic events and therefore have colorful and descriptive titles. Some of the tunes are several hundred years old and traditionally played only by a solo piper on the great highland bagpipe. The tunes feature a theme called the Ground or Urlar and several variations taking the basic melody and presenting it in a variety of different rhythmic contexts and technical embellishments.

Posted on July 20, 2010 in News.
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