Notes on the CD
prepared for the Sinclair 2000 Gathering by the Rev Dr Malcolm Sinclair
and Rory Angus Peter Sinclair, Piper to the Sinclair Clan Chief, The Earl of Caithness.
To read the Chief's journal of that Gathering, click here.
The CD has seven tracks, available here as MP3 files recorded at 56Kbps. Clicking
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The Rosslyn Chapel Suite &
Amazing Grace: A Spirit Song of Return
Original Music In Honour of the Sinclair 2000 Millennium Tour
Rory Sinclair: Bagpipes, Guitar / Malcolm Sinclair: Vocals
Recorded and Engineered by David Redgrave
The profits from the sales of this CD will be split evenly among
the Clan Sinclair Association Canada, The Clan Sinclair Trust and
The Rosslyn Chapel Trust.
Notes on the Music:
The Rosslyn Chapel Suite (6:26)
The Rosslyn Chapel Suite is a musical tribute to Rosslyn Chapel.
It was composed by Rory Sinclair over a period of five years, and
is played by him on the Great Highland Bagpipe. It consists of five
movements, each depicting a different phase in the 1000 year history
of the St Clair/Sinclair presence at Rosslyn. It ends on
a high note with a tune in jig-time which honours the wonderful
work being carried out by the Rosslyn Chapel trust.
- 1. William "The Seemly" Sinclair's March to the Barony of Rosslyn. (0:57)
- 2. Meditation: The Journey of the Heart of the Bruce & the Death of
William St Clair of Rosslyn. (1:00)
- 3. Prince Henry Sinclair in the New World. (1:10)
- 4. Rosslyn Chapel, 1446: The Vision of Earl William St Clair. (1:39)
- 5. Rosslyn Chapel, 1998: Restoration, Renewal, Resurrection. (1:12)
Track 2. Island
The words are an original poem by Joe Corrie, sung here by Malcolm
to the tune Ae Fond Kiss. It speaks of the horror of our
Clearances but it is still valid for all that, far beyond the borders
of Scotland in a world that now knows new terms such as "ethnic
cleansing". Rory plays a wonderful air as a bridge, Lady McRoberts
Lament: The Flight of Eaglets which honours the woman who lost
three sons in action in the Second World War. (With apologies to the
Two popular Scottish Songs:
Track 3. A
Scottish Soldier (3:07)
Track 4. My
Love is Like a Red Red Rose (2:13)
Track 5. Amazing
Grace: A Spirit Song of Return (3:59)
Grace: A Spirit Song of Return is a re-working
of the well-known tune and was begun and completed in a single afternoon
by Malcolm Sinclair shortly before his departure for the Sinclair 2000
Gathering. It brilliantly evokes the pain of the Sinclair diaspora,
the conditions of the original departures and the warmth of the return
home two centuries later.
Track 6. Lonely
Loch nan Eun (2:13)
A beautiful air for small pipes.
The Earl of Caithness March (1:40)
This is Rory's composition in honour of our Chief who has worked
so hard to make the Sinclair 2000 Millennium Gathering a success.
It is in 2/4 time and takes its style from the classic of Scottish
piping: the competition march. Many Scottish Clan Chiefs have had
tunes written for them; The Earls of Caithness have never had
their own tune, but now they do.
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