Pipers communicated tunes to each other by diddling or cannt...
Date 23 December 1978
Track ID 66523
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1978.138

Original Tape ID

SA1978.138

Summary

Pipers communicated tunes to each other by diddling or canntaireachd.

Travellers usually came back to their home area in winter. Many Travellers were good pipers, and when they met up they would talk about the tunes they had heard on their travels. They played by ear, and didn't write music, so they communicated the tunes by canntaireachd or diddling. Even the greatest pipers, the MacCrimmons, communicated new tunes in this way. Among the Travellers, the girls would dance to diddling, and the steps they made corresponded in some way to the fingering the pipers would use on the chanter. Duncan Williamson diddles.

Recording Location

County - Fife

Parish - Cupar

Village/Place - Cupar

Language

Scots

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS