Kitchen Concerts

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society has engaged a number of our top pipers to record a short series of concerts at home. These recordings, either audio or video, will be available here for free, and showcase some of the best in Northumbrian piping from the comfort of each piper’s home.

Series One

The first series features three of our top long-standing pipers: Adrian Schofield, Chris Ormston and Dave Shaw.

Episode One: Adrian Schofield

The first in our series of ‘at home’ concerts is an audio only recording and comes from a stalwart of the Northumbrian piping world since the 1980s.

Adrian has performed on stage, radio and television in the United Kingdom and abroad, either solo or with Pauline Cato and the late Colin Ross. He has played at many festivals, including the prestigious Lorient Folk Festival in Brittany. In 1991 he released one of the greatest albums of solo Northumbrian piping ever, ‘Jane of Biddlestone’ He is an honorary member of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society and was researcher for the ‘The Border Minstrel’, a book on the life and music of Billy Pigg.

Tunes: 1. John Anderson my jo/Skye Crofters/The Swallow’s Tail 2. Hexham Races/The Howlet and the Weasel 3. Keening in the Wind/Unknown/Unknown 4. Anne Winstanley’s Lament (ADS) 5. The Old Drove Road/Roxburgh Castle 6. Dargai 7. Joe Hutton’s March/The Foxglove