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The Northumbrian Small Pipes have existed since at least the 17th Century, if not earlier – an instrument unique to the North East of England with its own special sound. This record traces the history of the instrument’s music.

The early tunes had to fit within the limited confines of the first instruments’ range, but, necessity being the mother of invention, this produced tunes that may have been limited in tonal range but were certainly not at all limited in melodic invention. In time the instrument developed, enabling more complex tunes with greater range to pass into the tradition.

Various Artists – The Northumbrian Small Pipes


The Northumbrian Small 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 the differences in the tonal quality of individual sets of [...]

Various Artists – The Northumbrian Small Pipes2019-10-24T13:51:56+00:00

Alistair Anderson – Steel Skies


Scored for a group of musicians including fiddles, flutes, mandolins and Alistair Anderson's concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes, Steel Skies is a magnificent suite of composed tunes with roots deep in the traditional music of the British Isles. The compositions take from the [...]

Alistair Anderson – Steel Skies2019-10-31T10:18:50+00:00
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