Barry Shears at The Pipers' Gathering 2019

A nice set on smallpipes played by Barry Shears: MacIsaac’s Strathspey / The Down North Strathspey / The Devil in the Kitchen / The Devil in the Kitchen Reel / High Road to Linton / Are Sleepy, Maggie?

Barry Shears has played highland bagpipes for over 45 years and Scottish smallpipes for almost 20. He spent the last 30 plus years researching and publishing information about the old style pipers and music in Nova Scotia, especially Cape Breton. His latest publication is titled, "Play It Like You Sing It" is available with many of his other books on his website

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