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The Barley Skimmers

Scottish Music for the Pipes - Book and CD

By Hilary de Vries
Foreword by Allan MacDonald

An inspiring collection of over forty original pipe tunes. Covering a wide range of rhythms and time signatures, it includes music written in many of the different highland and island landscapes of Scotland, reflecting their seasons, birdsong and the people who live there.

The book comes with a study cd, played by Allan MacDonald, to help in learning the music.

"Sometimes, people come along and change the format who are not necessarily pipers themselves- and Hilary de Vries with her 'Barley Skimmers' is one of these persons. When this occurs, interesting things happen."

Allan MacDonald

Tune Titles

Veering Westerly, Railing at the Moon , Ferintosh, Isabel's Tune, Camus Alba, The Famished Hound, The Barley Skimmers, Jumping the Fence for Jock, North Kessock, The Buzzard & the Crow, St.Michael's Church, The Circle, Bill Gority, Rhona Fletcher, The Dunnock, The Burn by the Road, Inverarish, The Knockbain Road, Heavy Hands, Loch Eynort

Glen Aros, The Loch Frisa Skipstep, Newhall Point, The Banshee Hoolie, The Curlew's Call, The Little Blue Van, Cnoc na Craisg, Arjen's Tune, Red Ruadh, The Twisted Hazel, Willy Gibboney, Dun Borodale, Munloch, The Horsetail Stramash, The Balmore Road, Ailean Domnullach, Il Baglietto, The Goose with the Unclipped Wing,

A Skye Birdsong Trio, The Little Brown Bird, The Sandpiper in the Heights of the Hill, Killearnan, The Wintering Sky, The Birdsong of Cuillin View, Allt Arais, Where My Heart is Still

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Original Tunes for the Wire-Strung Clarsach - Book & CD

By Hilary de Vries & Bill Taylor

A delightful collection of compositions by Hilary de Vries, arranged and notated by Bill Taylor. The tunes are playable on small wire-strung clarsach, and are suitable for both solo and group playing and for various levels of ability.

"a great addition to the repertoire of a wire-strung harpist"

Folk Harp Journal

Tune Titles

Alticry, Christmas Bells, Rosemarkie Burn, Heartstone, Auchenmalg, Bill Taylor's Tune, The Hunter & the Hound, The Hare's Dance, The Eagle's Flight, A Meditation, Sunflower, The Littlest Star, First Dawn, The Memory of Water, For Christy, The Blessing, Red Ruadh, Of the Land I Sing, On a Butterfly's Wing, The Colours of Spring

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A Song Among the Stones

Music & Poetry

By Kenneth Steven & Hilary de Vries

In the 6th Century early Irish Celtic Christian hermits made the journey from Iona to Iceland. Known as the papar, they built stone chapels and cross-slabs, evidence of which was found by Norse settlers centuries later.

Their unwritten story inspired the poet Kenneth Steven to create a sequence of poems that reflected their journey, both physical and spiritual. The poems in turn inspired Hilary de Vries to write music that would help carry the listener on that journey and enhance the experience.

'A Song Among the Stones' contains all 30 poems and tunes, as well as guidance notes on how to play the tunes.

Tune Titles

The Dear Green Place, In My Own Country, The Tower, I Had a Dream, The Silken Thread, Sea Green, Night Dreams, The Honey Thief, A Gleam of Gold, Blue Haze, Songbird, Moving Cloud, Untitled, On Troubled Waters, Green Willow, Rock Sea Stone, Firefly, The Dove, On a Red Sea Sailed, Into the Cave, The Harbour, When We Come to the Sea, Sanctuary, Skylark, The Irish Duet, A Silent Prayer, A Fond Farewell, The Gift, The Silver Darling, Blessed

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