The Strathspey King

The University of Aberdeen has carved out a space on its website dedicated to the “Strathpey King” himself James Scott Skinner. Much info there about the man, his life, and his music, but perhaps the best part is hearing J.Scott himself playing his tunes.

It is worth the time to study the man who was a friend and contemporary of the great Victorian pipers, who had a tremendous influence on the bagpipe music of his time, and whose hand is still felt in our music today. Hearing Hector the Hero from the hands of the composer himself is worth the time just for that, as is seeing the original score in J.S.’s own scrawl.

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