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Turning Pages

by David Brewer

Award winning musicians resurrect tunes from 18th century Scottish manuscripts and introduce newly written melodies with intricately interwoven pipes and fiddle.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Fred's Snowy Day
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2. Gows Jigs: Joy Gae Wi' My Love/The Bride Is a Bonnie Thing
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4:31 album only
3. Take My Heart/Andy Renwick's Ferrett/Good Drying
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4:40 album only
4. Duxieme Marche/Gwendal
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5. Mr. Campbell of Glen Lyon/Because He Was a Bonnie
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6. Lone Mountain
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7. Steam Train to Mallaig
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4:37 album only
8. The Miller's Rant/The Humours of Dublen/J.K.'s
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9. March, Strathspey, Reel
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10. The Britannia Arms,#12/The Pint Level, #26
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11. The Highland Brigade At Waterloo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Energetic bagpiper from Celtic band Molly's Revenge, David Brewer, whom many in the pipe music scene describe as having a style very rooted in the tradition yet distinctly unique and expressive, celebrates the release of his new solo album Turning Pages, with special guests National Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, Irish guitarist George Grasso, and world renowned organist, Jonathan Dimmock (San Francisco Symphony).

Turning Pages features tunes resurrected from rare 18th century Scottish manuscripts with new and very listenable arrangements, as well as hot recently written reels with intricately interwoven pipes and fiddle, nestled in rich grooves of ingenious guitar and bouzouki accompaniment.

Even tunes already popular in the world of pipe music have a startlingly fresh spin, like Steam Train to Mallaig, whose programmatic structure, multiple part harmonies, and rhythms have been completely rearranged by David.

To round out the spectrum of emotion, the toe tapping fun subsides into the debut of Jonathan Dimmock's epic composition Lone Mountain. The lush chords of the great organ of San Francisco’s St Ignatius Church, resonating with the soulful strains of the highland pipes and fiddle orchestra, will shake the core of any heart.


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Jeff Campbell

Awesome Pipes
Were to begin? This is the best bagpipe CD I've ever heard and I've be piping for 38 years. The composition choices are great and beautifully orchestrated with fiddle, guitar, whistle and bodran. It's a wonderful variation of masterful traditional pipes, pretty and lilting marches, jigs and reels, and a powerful, haunting slow balad embellished by pipe organ. The two and three part harmony piping on several track is amazing! If you like highland pipes you will love this album and want to listen to it over and over.
Brewer has now transcended from a great piper in a celtic folk band to a World Class Piper with equally acomplised accompanying musicians. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

David MacDonald

Add this to your collection!
I have to agree with Jeff's review - fantastic work. The album is well thought out and well arranged. I have been listening to it for hours in my car. There is a theme to it and, like watching a great film over and over, you pick up something new each time you experience it. David Brewer is all about expression. But his expression encompasses technical presciseness along with his carnal joy of playing the tune. Impressive. It makes you listen more intensely to pick up on the nuances of his style. Also, as Jeff mentioned, although this is a piping CD, you don't get run-over by the pipes. The inclusion of fiddle, whistle, bodhran, guitar and organ all enhance the sublime sound of the pipes. What will he come up with next? Well, Jeff, Brewer just got back from Glasgow where he performed with Molly's Revenge at the Celtic Connection and I can only imagine the creative infusion of music that he picked up there. I would love to see Brewer and Allan MacDonald perform together in a pub sometime. What a combination of talent and expression that would be!