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Lament For Andrew MacNeill of Colonsay


Andrew MacNeill lived and farmed on the Isle of Colonsay. Like the composer of this tune, Andrew MacNeill studied under Robert Reid and, accordingly, was well versed in the Cameron style. Andrew served on the Music Committee of the Piobaireachd Society. He judged regularly at competitions in Scotland, including medal competitions.


William MacLellan Barrie, 1910 – 2004, composed this lament to honour his life–long friend, Andrew MacNeill, who died in 1997. They had met as pupils of Robert Reid. The two shared shared a love of the ‘great music’ and kept in regular touch through the years even though Barrie emigrated and lived for periods of time in three countries – USA, Australia, New Zealand – before finally settling in Canada.


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