OT: 27 March 1926 – D’Arcy [“Toarluath and Crunluath and Piobaireachd”]

The Oban Times, 27 March, 1926

[Toarluath and Crunluath and Piobaireachd]

21 March, 1926

Sir,–In his letter in this week’s “Oban Times” “Is Fada Mar So Sinn” apparently wishes us to believe that the late Pipe-Major MacDougall Gillies played Toarluath and Crunluath with the so-called “redundant” low A. I had the privilege of studying Piobaireachd under Pipe-Major Gillies some years ago, four to be exact, and he taught that to put in the redundant low A in Toarluath and Crunluath was wrong. In fact, he both played himself, and taught, exactly as does Pipe-Major Gray in this matter. I do not presume to put forward any opinion of my own, but merely wish to record these facts.–I am, etc.,