My name is Karen McCrindle Warren and I am a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I graduated with honours from the BA (Scottish Music – Piping) Degree.
Since graduating I have been researching the musical and cultural heritage of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and plan to release a collection of 4 books of bagpipe music this summer entitled “The South West Scotland Collection”. It is written in Scots language, thus celebrating both the musical and linguistic heritage of the area, and contains 59 Burns tunes – the most that has ever been published for bagpipes. The first three books each contain 100 tunes dating from the 1500s to modern day compositions from the region’s top players, and the fourth is a book specifically for young learners entitled “Wan fur the Weans”.
These books are sorely needed as South West Scotland is widely overlooked by the piping community, which leads our pipers to feel a lack of connection with the bagpipe and it’s music, and thus they do not excel the way that they could. Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway has been struggling for years with the standard and volume of players, and a collection such as this would ignite a revival of the art and inspire players to work towards reaching the top level.