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Each issue includes:
- Access to our ‘Creators Posts’ feed, where you will find the current issue as well as the latest news on 'The Canntaireachd Project'.
- Allan MacDonald playing the full pibroch in the canntaireachd-style.
- The canntaireachd text being sung interwoven with the piping version.
- An interview with Allan MacDonald including background information on the piece as well as contextual discussions (in English).
- A summary of that interview (in German; PDF-format).
- Two accompanying PDFs (English and German) that contain the complete canntaireachd, transcribed and edited from Colin Campbell's manuscript.
- A recording/recordings on instrument(s) other than bagpipes alone or in a different musical context.
- You will have access to our 'All Posts' feed, where you will find the current issue of 'The Canntaireachd Project'. Additionally, we will provide you with insights on our work in progress. Furthermore you can interact here with other patrons and leave comments.
- You can suggest a tune from the Campbell Canntaireachd for future issues. These suggestions will be collated and for every issue, three of these tunes will be considered for voting. The tune with the most votes will be recorded and discussed in the next issue of 'The Canntaireachd Project'.
The Inner Circle
We really want to cater for you here – so we had to limit the places available. You will get everything shown above plus:
- In light of the style of interpretation put forward here, you are invited to send us a recording of you playing the tune on the chanter or pipes or any instrument - including vocals - of your choice. We will listen to these and we would be happy to provide feedback, if so desired. Those that fit within the parameters of musical style/quality, we would love to include and share them on this platform.
- We will put your name in the credits of the upcoming issue.
$815per Per creation of an issue of 'The Canntaireachd Project'
'Canntaireachd' is an ancient codified language used by Scottish pipers to teach and memorise bagpipe music. 'The Canntaireachd Project' is a joint project of pipers Ailean Dòmhnullach (Scotland) and Thomas Zöller (Germany). It aims to increase the understanding of the Campbell Canntaireachd Ms. (c. 1819), the single most important primary source for 'pibroch' or 'ceòl mòr', the 'classical music' of the great Highland bagpipe. By understanding the Campbell Canntaireachd, one can learn how this music was played before it changed by way of increased dependence on written scores and divorce from its cultural context. Almost a quarter of the content has never been published in staff notation. Furthermore, the settings of many of the tunes that have been published in staff notation differ substantially from the Campbell Canntaireachd, where interesting variants and shorter versions appear.
We know that pibroch, although performed at the highest technical standards on good instruments today, has changed substantially. From the earliest evidence of 1760 (Joseph MacDonald’s 'Compleat Theory'), when pibroch was transmitted in a purely oral tradition, it was more animated and less strictly measured. Pibroch was formally in tune with the rich matrix of rhythms found in the language and poetry of Gaelic song. The versions presented in our publications are based on extensive research and cultural intuition.
Within the clan system of the Highlands of Scotland, this instrument and its music once enjoyed the patronage of their chiefs – now we are calling upon you: Help us to proceed with this existing project and become a patron today!
If you become a patron of ‘The Canntaireachd Project’, you support us in creating a well-researched and user-friendly presentation of a tune from the Campbell Canntaireachd manuscript. Realising our goal involves research and preparation: recording and translation as well as occasional travel. An issue of this project will be composed of c. 25 minutes of audio material as well as accompanying PDFs in both English and German. Your issue will be send to you via your patreon account. Contrary to crowd-funding, which supports a project on a single occasion, patrons on ‘www.patreon.com’ can support a project in a recurring manner. We aim for publication of a tune from the Campbell Canntaireachd every months. We will only charge patrons per issue. You can both subscribe and unsubscribe at any point in time.
We would like to make this music accessible for musicians other than pipers, because it is universal. To that end, we intend to record the urlar/theme of each tune on at least one instrument other than the bagpipe itself to allow you to listen to it in a different way.