The structure of a good whisky and the structure of Ceol Mor are essentially similar.
Listen to four distinct piping tunes, matched with 4 distinct whiskies.
Discuss how the flow of each dram corresponds with the flow of each tune.
What is Ceol Mor? Pipe tunes, specifically Big Music. Piobaireachd is created from the sounds of blood pumping in our veins, the beat of our heart, the sounds of the wind and the waves, the sounds of our land and language. The atmosphere of our emotions.
In musical structure, piobaireachd is a theme with variations.
This is similar to whisky making – production has it rules, but each distillery creates it’s whisky within the parameters of that landscape.
Q: I have heard the same tune played differently by several pipers; why is that?
Piobaireachd has its rules. Imagine these rules as a framework (much like a whisky)
Within that framework pipers are free to express themselves as they like, hence differences in expression.
Enjoy learning about these frameworks in Piping and Scotch Whisky.