GORDON J. MOONEY,
Gordon Mooney has played the pipes since he was gobsmacked by the Highland bagpipes as a wee lad of seven, and discovered the
world of grips, birls, torluaths, tachums, crunluaths and the piper's quest for THE PERFECT REED. He has devoted many years
to exploring, performing and recording the instruments and music of the Scottish Borders and has published several tune collections and tutors, including a musicological celebration of the Scottish Wedding.
He has been playing ‘The Devil’s Instrument’ for over 40 years but hasn’t entered into any pacts, as yet! He attributes his
skill on the Highland, Lowland, Border and Northumbrian Bagpipes and the whistle solely to many years of dedication and
Gordon has been recognised as the foremost master of the Bellows blown bagpipes of Scotland and in the 1980’s led the revival in interest both in the bellows bagpipes and their music with his publications and recordings, particularly the influential and much praised album ‘O’er the Border.’ He has performed in many prestigious events and venues in Europe and North America
and has taught and lectured to students of the bagpipe and Scottish music.
Gordon's knowledge of piping spans many centuries of music and lore and encompasses many styles. He is an erudite scholar of the music and an outstanding player. His books include, A Tutor for Cauld Wind Bagpipes, A Choice Collection of Tunes for the
Lowland and Border Bagpipes, O’er the Border, and A Scottish Wedding.
Awards include Billboard Award 1993, and election as Fellow of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He has dual EEC and
The revival of interest in the music of the Scottish Borders of the last few decades is due, in no small part, to the pioneering
work of Gordon Mooney. Gordon was one of the founding members of the
Lowland and Border Pipers' Society
, which works hard to promote the playing of "Cauld Wind Pipes."
Gordon’s collections of Border music,‘O’ER THE BORDER’ and ‘CHOICEST TUNES,’ described as "seminal works which deserve a place in any bellows piper's library," have been republished this year by the Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society as
GORDON MOONEY'S COLLECTIONS OF MUSIC FOR LOWLAND AND BORDER BAGPIPES.
This 72-page combined collection, includes settings of 95 tunes and detailed historical notes.
When Gordon is not performing, he is making Scottish small pipes and Northumbrian bagpipes and handsome blackwood whistles from enlaid with silver Celtic rings, as in the photo below.
See and hear Gordon playing one of his own compositions on the pipes
in Quebec, Canada in 1994
Read some of Gordon's own writing mischief...
and his tales of working in the gloomy bowels of the Edinburgh Public Library
If you would like to contact Gordon Mooney,
please write to him at email@example.com