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Title: The piping tradition of South Uist
Author: Howard, D. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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This is a history of piping in South Uist. Pipe music has formed part of the island's rich musical tradition for centuries, and although it remains just one piece of a much larger whole, South Uist has enjoyed a reputation in particular for its pipers. There are many reasons for this. Traditional Gaelic social culture is fundamentally musical, for instance, and folklorists from Alexander Carmichael to J.L. Campbell often portrayed South Uist as the Highlands' last storehouse of Gaelic tradition. South Uist remained largely untouched by the evangelical asceticism which swept away piping traditions elsewhere in the Hebrides following the Disruption. Clanranald's patronage of pipers survived longer into the nineteenth century than that of most other Highland families, South Uist being home to the bearers of the office. And the world of twentieth-century mainstream competition was enriched when the Piobaireachd Society brought literate instruction to the island's ear-learned pipes in 1909. For these and other reasons, to study the island's piping is to study its religious life, its community life, its history of emigration, its oral tradition of signing and storytelling and its place in the wider framework of Clanranald and Highland custom. The first half of the thesis addresses local piping within the context of these issues. Chapter 1 introduces the methods of research and the musical terms used throughout; Chapter 2 addresses the oral/aural tradition and looks at piping's place in local song, story and ceilidh; Chapter 3 goes back to the seventeenth century and contrasts catholic and Protestant influences on South Uist to explain how piping has been profoundly affected by religious considerations, both in Uist and throughout the Hebrides.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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