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Bagpiping by Robert Burns

Robert Burns performs traditional Scottish, Irish, and some other (e.g., Latin American) tunes on the Great Highland Bagpipe for hire, busking, and for pleasure individually, in sessions, and as a member of the Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band. His primary piping interests are auld-style Scotch and Irish stepdance tunes (the ceol beag), haunting Celtic song airs (the ceol meadhonach), the auld-style great music (the ceol mor, below) of the pipes, reguetón, cumbia, composing, performing with non-piper musicians and singers, and busking. Robert Burns proudly competes on the professional level with a set of Strathmore pipes and silver-soled chanter made by Murray Henderson and has a set of Naill pipes adapted to play with a replica of a 1785 black Kintail chanter made by Hamish Moore keyed to A@440MH for playing with other musicians and with greater tonal quality.  Notable formative influences include extensive tutoring by Celtic scholar and performer Seamus Taylor, Irish warpiper, uilleann piper, flutist, whistler, and fiddler Tommy Standeven (no longer with us) who performed with Sligo fiddler John Vesey, Cape Breton piper, recording artist, and piping scholar Barry Shears, various instructors such as Angus MacLellan, Dugald MacNeill, and Gavin Stoddart at the College of Piping, world-class piper Ian Whitelaw, and the world's leading authority on ceol mor Andrew Wright (no longer with us).

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