Cape Breton Bagpipe Music - Nuallan - Celtic Colours at the East Coast Music Awards

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Cape Breton Bagpipe Music - Nuallan - Celtic Colours at the East Coast Music Awards 5

ECMA 2016 Celtic Colours Stage Nuallan - Jigs & Reels

Musicians (Left to Right): Mac Morin, Patrick Gillis, Kenneth MacKenzie, Keith MacDonald, Kevin Dugas

The formation of Nuallan was facilitated by Colaisde na Gaidhlig // The Gaelic College in late 2012. The purpose of the group is to represent, promote and explore the Gaelic style of piping brought to Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland some 200 years ago through performance, education and collaboration with other musicians, dancers and singers.

The group is composed of three Cape Breton pipers: Keith MacDonald, Kevin Dugas, and Kenneth MacKenzie. Their live performance underlines the group’s focus on exploring the deep and intrinsic connections with the dance and song traditions of Gaelic Cape Breton.

Piping in Cape Breton was nourished and maintained to recent years through the playing of legendary players such as the Curries of Frenchvale, the Beatons of Mabou Coal Mines and the MacDonnells of Deepdale, among many others. This rich style of playing had a strong focus on the rhythm and musicality of the music. Nuallan’s members are known individually for their rhythmic, musical playing and bringing them together to celebrate the importance of the connection between piping, song and dance was a natural fit.

The Gaelic word "Nuallan" has two main meanings. It translates as the characteristic, vibrant droning sound of the Highland bagpipes. It can also describe the constant murmuring sound of the ocean. This provides this group with an additional link to its musical historical evolution since traveling across the Atlantic Ocean with the early Scottish settlers.

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Tunes in this melody:
Traditional Jig
Rakes of Kildare
Duncan Johnstone
The Ferryman
The Inverside Reel (Kevin Dugas)

💬 Comments on the video

Mr. Mac Morin going hammer on the keys!

Author — Austin Diepenhorst


the first 1minute or so is called Tripper's jig if anyone is wondering.

Author — Tsuki Shiro


so wonderful! Can anybody handle the score (infos) for the last tune? Thanks from Italy

Author — Giovanni Santillo


Awesome set! It lists the tunes in the set but I'm sure I heard Cutting Bracken (as a Jig)

Author — Scott Benjamin


Piping wonderful. The keyboard is just vandalism.

Author — ykrgfk


If someone told me "there are french scotsmans" i wouldnt believe them... and here we are :O

Author — Yukijobo