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Scottish Music For the Pipes
by Hilary de Vries
Foreword by Allan MacDonald
 
Tunes
Veering Westerly, Railing at the Moon , Ferintosh,  Isabel’s Tune, Camus Alba, The Famished Hound, The Barley Skimmers,  Jumping the Fence for Jock, North Kessock, The Buzzard & the Crow, St.Michael’s Church, The Circle, Bill Gority, Rhona Fletcher, The Dunnock, The Burn by the Road, Inverarish, The Knockbain Road, Heavy Hands, Loch Eynort


Glen Aros, The Loch Frisa Skipstep, Newhall Point, The Banshee Hoolie, The Curlew’s Call, The Little Blue Van, Cnoc na Craisg, Arjen’s Tune, Red Ruadh, The Twisted Hazel, Willy Gibboney, Dun Borodale, Munloch, The Horsetail Stramash, The Balmore Road, Ailean Domnullach, Il Baglietto, The Goose with the Unclipped Wing,

A Skye Birdsong Trio, The Little Brown Bird, The Sandpiper in the Heights of the Hill, Killearnan, The Wintering Sky, The Birdsong of Cuillin View, Allt Arais, Where My Heart is Still
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An inspiring collection of over forty original pipe tunes. Covering a wide range of rhythms and time signatures, it includes music written in many of the different highland and island landscapes of Scotland, reflecting their seasons, birdsong and the people who live there.

'Some people come along and change the format (of piping) who are not necessarily pipers themselves- and Hilary is one of these persons,' writes Allan in his foreword, 'When this occurs, interesting things happen.'

In its review the Piping Times said the tunes 'show clearly that she has a very musical ear and pipers will find plenty of interesting tunes in the book.'

Pete Stewart from the Lowland & Borders Piping Society says this; 'This music requires a quiet approach; it is open-ended and meditative; melodically more simple than complex and relying for its power on the willingness of the piper to explore its possibilities.'

The book comes with a study cd, played by Allan MacDonald, to help in learning the music.
The Barley Skimmers
Barley Skimmers pipe tune book
Hilary de Vries
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Composer & Songwriter
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A delightful collection of harp tunes by Hilary de Vries, arranged and notated by Bill Taylor. The tunes are playable on small wire-strung harp, and are suitable for both solo and group playing and for various levels of ability.

The collection has been described by Folk Harp Journal as 'a great addition to the repertoire of a wire-strung harpist.' It also comes with a study cd by Bill Taylor to aide learning the music.
Original Tunes For the Wire-strung Clarsach
by Hilary de Vries & Bill Taylor
Tunes
Alticry, Christmas Bells, Rosemarkie Burn, Heartstone, Auchenmalg, Bill Taylor's Tune, The Hunter & the Hound, The Hare's Dance, The Eagle's Flight, A Meditation, Sunflower, The Littlest Star, First Dawn, The Memory of Water, For Christy, The Blessing, Red Ruadh, Of the Land I Sing, On a Butterfly's Wing, The Colours of Spring

Heartstone
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by Kenneth Steven & Hilary de Vries
Night Dreams
A Song Among the Stones
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Played here on wire-strung harp
Writer and poet Kenneth Steven's sequence of poems on early Christian hermits inspired Hilary de Vries to write the music in response to them. Together they tell the story of the hermits who made the journey in the 6th Century from Iona to Iceland. Known as the papar, they built stone chapels and cross-slabs, evidence of which was found by Norse settlers centuries later.
The book contains all 30 pieces of music, accompanied by the poems that inspired them and can be played on a wide variety of woodwind and string instruments. They can be played individually or built into a performance that takes the listener on the journey with the monks.
The Silver Darling
Played here on soprano recorder
Tunes
The Dear Green Place, In My Own Country, The Tower, I Had a Dream, The Silken Thread, Sea Green, Night Dreams, The Honey Thief,  A Gleam of Gold, Blue Haze, Songbird, Moving Cloud, Untitled, On Troubled Waters, Green Willow, Rock Sea Stone, Firefly, The Dove, On a Red Sea Sailed, Into the Cave, The Harbour, When We Come to the Sea, Sanctuary, Skylark, The Irish Duet, A Silent Prayer, A Fond Farewell, The Gift, The Silver Darling, Blessed
 
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Titles
The Barley Skimmers
Heartstone
An Orkney Sampler
A Song Among the Stones
Music Inspired by Orkney's People & Places
by Hilary de Vries
A collection of music and song inspired by the landscape, seascape and skies of Orkney. From windswept beaches to cups of tea in the Peedie Kirk, slow waltzes to tunes with lively rhythms, this book brings over 20 of her tunes together to share some of the magic that is Orkney.

Bill Taylor, harpist, says about the music, 'When I play them I hear the call of a bird, waves slapping against a boat and the feet of dancers at a ceilidh.' And John Moar of the Orkney Fiddle and Accordion Club describes the tunes as 'delightful'.

'It always pleases me greatly to see music coming from or inspired by Orkney,' says Ivan Drever, the Orcadian singer/songwriter and musician.  'I know it certainly has done for me over the years. There are some great wee tunes in this book of Hilary`s and I hope you enjoy it and maybe find some inspiration too.'
Tunes
The Shell Boat, The Egilsay Waltz, The Salt & the Spray, The Earl & the Bishop, Skaill House, The Curlew's Call, Ward Hill, The Peedie Kirk Waltz, Cathy's Tune, Jack & Helen, A Meeting With Magnus, The Round Church, The Otter Stone, Hall of Clestrain, Sailing to St.Margaret's Hope, Ivan & the Speedboat, Howie Nicol Firth, A Handful of Heifers, The View From the Brae, The Mermaid's Tale, The Dancing Waves of Birsay, An Orphir Lass, Sailhouse Bay
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An Orkney Sampler
 
Orkney Sampler tune book
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