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Hiharin Dro O Dro

Hiharin Dro O Dro is one of several nameless tunes composed by unknown pipers. For the most part they were resurrected by Angus MacKay, Raasay, to whom all praise be given.

 

He would have received many of them from his father John, known on the Isle of Raasay as Iain MacRuaridh. John was a child protègèe of my great–great–great grandfather, Calum Ruaidh MacLeod who came to be known as Captain Malcolm of the '45.

 

This is one of a class of tunes that the late, great Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, Lewis, enjoyed playing. He remarked that many of these small tunes were much more musical than some of the better known piobaireachd and said that it was a pity they were not played more often.

 

Many of the 29 or so nameless tunes such as Hiarin odin, hiarin dro and Cherede Darievea fall into this category.

 

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