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Classical works featuring bagpipesEdit

  • Sinfonia Concertante for Six Solo Instruments and Orchestra, S. 98.6, by P.D.Q. Bach features bagpipes as one of the six instruments.
  • Arthur's Return, for bagpipes and string orchestra (1983) by John Davison (Commissioned by the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and premiered in Dover, Delaware on September 23, 1983, by the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, dir. Marc Mostovoy; Roderick MacDonald, bagpipe)
  • Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise (1984) by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
  • 'Tulsa' opera by Lindsay Davidson
  • The Brendan Voyage by Shaun Davey is an orchestral suite written for the uilleann pipes.
  • Ur Og and Aji, for 4 bagpipes, bass clarinet, and tabla by Canadian composer Michael O'Neill.

Bagpipes in jazzEdit

  • U.S. musician Rufus Harley (1936-2006) was the first jazz performer to use the Great Highland Bagpipes as his primary instrument.
  • The American jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler (1936–1970) used great highland bagpipe on two albums: New Grass (1968) and Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (1969).
  • Peter Bennink, a Dutch saxophonist and the brother of Han Bennink, also uses bagpipes in a jazz context.
  • NZ/NYC musician David Watson has a 'new music' composition for pipe bands from '96 on the Midwest label, a release featuring his bagpipe playing in a context with NYC downtown musicians like Ikue Mori, and turntablist Otomo Yoshihhide, "Wax and Wane" from '98, and the all bagpipe CD "Skirl"('99) featuring a variety of different percussion players, eg, Cyro Baptista, and jazz drummer Tony Buck.

Bagpipes in rockEdit

Glen Campbell Featured and played Bagpipes on Bonaparte's Retreat.

Bagpipes in other forms of musicEdit

  • Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has had an ongoing free form psychedelic project for some years, "Glacial," with piper David Watson (see above).
  • Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor used bagpipes for the opening of East Hastings from their LP F♯a♯∞.
  • Originally a hymn, "Amazing Grace" is often thought of as a bagpipe tune since it is particularly powerful on the pipes and is commonly heard at funerals when the pipes are present. It was popularized by a hit single recorded by the Royal Scots Greys under PM Jimmy Pryde, which was one of the first popular recordings of bagpipes played with another instrument.
  • American funk band Parliament used bagpipes on the track "Silent Boatman", from their 1970 debut Osmium.
  • Scottish/Indian/Jazz fusion band Ronak Baja use Highland bagpipes extensively in their album "Linking Road" (2008)
  • The late Canadian-born Scottish musician Martyn Bennett (1971-2005) played Highland bagpipe and Scottish smallpipe in combination with hip-hop and electronic dance music on all of his albums.
  • Mark Saul is a Celtic fusion musician from Melbourne, Australia who plays the Great Highland Bagpipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle, in addition to creating the electronic aspects of his music.
  • Bagpipes (played by Rufus Harley) are featured on the title track of the 1995 album Do You Want More?!!!??! by the U.S. hip hop group The Roots.
  • Rufus Harley also played bagpipes on the track "Sweaters", on Laurie Anderson's art-rock album Big Science (1982).
  • The British musician Paul Dunmall plays free improvised music on the border pipes.
  • Orchestra Macaroon - Breakfast In Balquhidder -Scottish Latin-American jazz folk-rock with the apposite "Warning: This product may contain traces of bagpipes".
  • Part of Orbital's single, "Style", includes a remix with (probably synthesized) bagpipes called "Big Pipe Style". The original was played with a Stylophone.
  • In the video game Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME, the song Bag is composed of synthesized bagpipe sounds.
  • Belle & Sebastian's 1998 release, The Boy with the Arab Strap, has bagpipes played by Iain "Chic" Mackay on the track Sleep the Clock Around.
  • Modern Celtic-fusion band Lucid Druid features bagpipes as the primary instrument in their 5-piece, all-instrumental line-up. Their repertoire is based around the original compositions of piper Adam Quinn (formerly of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band).
  • Latin musician Rubén Blades used Eric Rigler (of Bad Haggis, above) to play bagpipes on his Grammy-winning Mundo (2002). Rigler joined Blades on tour, later Blades joined Bad Haggis for their DVD project Span (2004).
  • On her 1994 album The Mask and Mirror Canadian New Age Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt introduced the song "The Two Trees" with a piping solo intro. called "Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt?" ("Who Am I to Bear It?")with Uilleann pipes played by Patrick Hutchinson.
  • A bagpipe was used in the 1965 song "I Love How You Love Me" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens. Further information about and a recording of the song.
  • DRAM! is the latest band to employ bagpipes in an electronic/bagpipe fusion featuring the piper who played with Madonna, Lorne Cousin.
  • On Eminem's album Relapse on the song "Bagpipes from Baghdad."
  • E.J. Jones played Scottish smallpipes on the song, "The Traveling Storm," from Robert Earl Keen's CD, "What I Really Mean".

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