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Encyclopedia > Billy Pigg

Billy Pigg (1902 - 1968) was an English player of Northumbrian bagpipes


Northumbrian Pipers Society

The Northumbrian Pipers Society was formed in 1928 in Newcastle Upon Tyne to promote both types of Northumbrian bagpipes - the smallpipes and the somewhat rarer half-longs. Billy Pigg became vice-President in 1930 and held that post till he died. At first they met in each other's homes to exchange tunes and to organise the occasional dance. In 1957 they were large enough to use the Morden Tower in Newcastle and to organise competitions in Alnwick in Northumberland. In 1958 Royce Wilson, an American working in Newcastle acquired a tape recorder and made some recordings of Billy Pigg, the most celebrated of the players. Later the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh made more recordings. These were issued as "The Border Minstrel" on the Leader label in 1972. In 2004 they were re-released on CD on the same label.


Influence

It is through his own compositions and his repertoire of traditional tunes that his influence has been felt. "Nae Guid Luck" became the signature tune of the Newcastle group "The High Level Ranters". Two members - Colin Ross and Alistair Anderson - played Northumbrian smallpipes. The group used many tunes from his repertoire, as did a spin-off group called "Cut and Dry Dolly". Colin went on to become a professional maker of the pipes. Most of these these recordings are out of print or hard to find, but a younger player of the Northumbrian smallpipes, Kathryn Tickell, tours extensively and has several albums in print. She was influenced by recordings of Billy's playing. Even at competition level, players will over-blow, that is they accidentally produce notes much higher than intended. Billy Pigg managed to avoid this problem but his tempos are somewhat erratic. He was not someone you could easily dance to. A.D. Schofield produced a biographical booklet "The Border Minstrel" in 1997. Kathryn Tickell (born 1970) is a British musician who has popularized the Northumbrian small pipes and recorded with internationally-renowned performers like The Chieftains and Sting. ...


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Billy Pigg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (370 words)
Billy Pigg became vice-President in 1930 and held that post till he died.
Most of these these recordings are out of print or hard to find, but a younger player of the Northumbrian smallpipes, Kathryn Tickell, tours extensively and has several albums in print.
Billy Pigg managed to avoid this problem but his tempos are somewhat erratic.
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