The Master Piper, New Edition
The new edition of The Master Piper, William Dixon's 18th century Border Bagpipe Repertoire, was launched at the Bagpipe Society Blowout on Saturday 11 June 2011 and is now available to buy online.
SAMPLE PAGES (PDF)
Index of Tunes
Lasses Make Your Tails Toddle
The Souters o' Selkirk
From the back cover:
"Beyond all reasonable doubt, this is the oldest known manuscript of bagpipe music. Need I say more? It's one of the great discoveries of the century. It takes the history of Border piping back by two or three generations and gives us a whole new way of playing the bagpipes. But don't just take my word for it: play the tunes, learn them, and see how well they 'lie under the fingers'. It's the real thing......."
Roderick D Cannon, Music Editor, The Piobaireachd Society, November 1995
William Dixon's repertoire is the only known 'horse's mouth' record of Border piping from a time when, and a place where, the tradition was at its peak. It furnishes a firm foundation not only for a revival of that tradition but also for its revitalisation.
Custom-made for nine-note chanters, the tunes have been enthusiastically taken up by players of Border pipes and Scottish smallpipes and by many other pipers, as well as diverse fiddlers, blowers, squeezers and pluckers. Matt Seattle's presentation, at once scholarly and entertaining, sets the music in context and provides an entry point into a deep appreciation of the Border piper's art and its unique place in the traditional music spectrum. All of which is simply another way of saying "play and enjoy!"
The presentation has been thoroughly revised, the previous text overhauled and much additional information included, the book growing from 100 pages to 134. Longer acquaintance with William Dixon's music has reinforced the sense that this is pipe music of another order. This long awaited third edition aims to make the music more accessible to the general reader and to further explore some of its secrets for those who wish to go deeper. Retail price is £25 and includes post, packing and handling (first class UK / air mail overseas).
It is planned, under the auspices of The William Dixon Foundation, to hold a long weekend Border Piping Residential in October 2011. While intended primarily for pipers, players of other instruments will also be most welcome. Please contact me directly to request further details when these become available.
is a facebook page which includes links to recordings and videos giving a wide variety of interpretations of Dixon and Dixon-related tunes.