The Wild Hills O’Wannie is a tremendous collection of some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian Small Pipes – George Atkinson, Diana Blackett-Ord, Tommy Breckons, Colin Caisley, Forster Charlton, Joe Hutton and Billy Pigg.

The pipes have at various times been called seductive, wild, plaintive, lyrical, exciting, and sophisticated. These apparently contradictory descriptions result from the unusual versatility of the instrument as well as from differences in the tonal quality of individual sets of pipes. Thus, it is possible for each performer to develop his own characteristic style of playing and if you listen carefully to this record you will soon become able to identify the player from the sound of the first few notes of a tune.

1 The Morpeth Rant BILLY PIGG
2 Skye Crofters/ The SwalIow’s Tail BILLY PIGG
3 Sir Sidney Smith’s March TOMMY BRECKONS
4 The Barrington Hornpipe GEORGE ATKINSON
5 Blow the Wind Southerly DIANA BLACKETT-ORD
6 Lovat Scouts / Roxburgh Castle / Bonny North Tyne / Alston Flower Show JOE HUTTON
7 The Navvy on the Line / The Friendly Visit / Remember Me / Biddv the Bold Wife / Lamb Skinnet / De ‘il amang the Tailors GEORGE ATKINSON
8 Londonderrv Hornpipe / Boys of the Blue Hills / Corn Rigs / Harvest Home DIANA BLACKETT-ORD
9 The Blackthorn Stick / Biddv the Bold Wife JOE HUTTON
10 The Holey Ha’penny BILLY PIGG
11 The Humours of Bandon / Saddle the Pony JOE HUTTON
12 Noble Squire Dacre COLIN CAISLEY & FORSTER CHARLTON (duet)
13 Rowlev Burn Hornpipe JOE HUTTON
14 The Wild Hills o’Wannie BILLY PIGG
15 Westering Home DIANA BLACKETT~ORD
16 The Midlothian Pipe Band / Charlie Hunter JOE HUTTON
17 The Lark in the Clear Air BILLY PIGG
18 Fenwick o’ Bywell TOMMY BRECKONS
19 Variations on “Oh dear, what can the matter be” GEORGE ATKINSON
20 The Gypsy’s Lullaby / The Hawk / Memories / Coates Hall BILLY PIGG
21 Salmon Tails up the Water / The Herd on the Hill / Sweet Hesleyside COLIN CAISLEY & FORSTER CHARLTON (duet)

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