Note from J David Hester, of the Alt Pibroch Club – www.altpibroch.com
It’s been a couple of years since I reached out to you, and I wanted to update you and your membership on the status of the Alt Pibroch Club, a suite of site dedicated to the transformation of pibroch performance and competition by exposing students to the insights garnered from primary source materials.
That’s a lot of big words. What it comes down to is, with the cooperation of the National Library of Scotland and the Piobaireachd Society of UK, we have assembled all but 12 of the 800 original manuscripts of 313 pibroch tunes from pre-1840 and made them available to everyone, for free. Every collection has its own page. Every tune page has links to every manuscript version, Gaelic dictionary entry from Roderick Cannon, and Allan Macdonald speaking the Gaelic titles (for pronunciation archiving). All this is available at www.altpibroch.com.
To help people better understand these materials, we have a supplemental site called Learning Living Pibroch (learning.altpibroch.com), where we post interviews with major contributors to the art (performers, competitors, adjudicators, conveyors), videos of performance, research articles and dissertations on history of pibroch, as well as instructional pages on how to adopt for performance the musical insights the primary source materials bring to the music.
Finally, we have also assembled, with Geoff Hore, a definitive bibliography of all bagpipe music ever produced. Building upon Roderick Cannon’s work, Geoff Hore (of Auckland, NZ) has been studiously accumulating and documenting the publication of all piping music and has made it available to anyone and everyone.
My purpose of reaching out to you is to simply share our work and invite you to take advantage of it. Our “Club” is free, but membership is not required to peruse the sites and download the PDFs.
We hope the members of your Society take advantage of our sites!