Play it like you sing it : the Shears collection of bagpipe culture and dance music from Nova Scotia /

Publication Type:



Halifax, Nova Scotia :, Canada, p.2 volumes : (2018)



Call Number:

ML3563.7 N6


Bagpipe music, Bagpipe music, Arranged., Bagpipe music., Bagpipers, Celtic music, History and criticism., Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia., Pictorial works.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Volume one. History, culture, and images -- volume two. The music."The history of the Highland bagpipes in Nova Scotia began in the 1750s. Scottish and Highland piping traditions have continued in Nova Scotia for over 250 years, through immigration, Confederation, economic outmigration, and two world wars. Throughout the 19th century, bagpipe music was interwoven with fiddle music, Gaelic singing, and traditional and emerging dance traditions in Gaelic communities of the mainland and Cape Breton. Dance music on the bagpipe played a major role in Nova Scotia Gaelic cultural expression. A unique form of dance music evolved and flourished in the 19th and early 20th centuries, characterized by lively jigs and rousing strathspeys, reels, and quicksteps. Many of these tunes existed in multiple regional variations before the modern standardization of piping. Many also had accompanying Gaelic port-a-beul or "mouth music" words, a sign of the close connection between language, music, and culture in Gaelic communities. Volume one of this collection presents original bagpipe arrangements (sheet music) for 249 settings of tunes, and words for over 85 accompanying Gaelic songs, played and sung in Nova Scotia. Most are drawn from manuscript, archive, and interview sources, and some have never before been published. The settings are accompanied by tune notes and over 70 black-and-white images of 19th and 20th-century Nova Scotian and Codroy Valley pipers."--Chiefly in English; includes song lyrics, in Gaelic.