12 Tracks: Reels * Walka * Grannies Betty's * The Threes Set * Strathspeys And Reel * Quartet * Taobh Loch Eite * Aye Right! * Accidental Belterism * Mum And Dad's * The Roke (Intro) The Roke.
This debut album from Scottish piper Ross Miller was released in March 2020 to celebrate his 25th Birthday.
The Roke, the album title, is the town tune of the Ancient and Royal Burgh of Linlithgow.
Ross hails from Linlithgow where he is the official town piper. Ross studied bagpipes, Scots song and whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and in July 2017 graduated with First Class Honours Degree in Traditional music.
2019 BBC Radio Scotland finalist and winner of the Danny Kyle Open Stage a Celtic Connection Ross has performed at home and abroad.
Ross is accompanied by a specially selected talented group of musicians:
Craig Irving (guitar), Charlie Stewart (fiddle, double bass), Rory Matheson * Callum Edwards (drums), Craig Baxter.
Includes sleeve notes.
"Listen to the second set, which sails seamlessly through waltzes and a Breton tune, to slip into exuberant overdrive..." The Scotsman.
"The Roke is a fresh take on highland pipes, a clean slate on which Ross Miller has laid out a sharing platter of traditional tunes and several of his own, with arrangements inspired by a number of different styles but all in keeping with contemporary pipe band tastes." Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition.
"This is a work that truly reflects the journey that this young but already deeply accomplished piper has been making in his early career. It shows a comfortable mastery of all the ceol beag elements: jigs, reels, marches, and other forms of music are delivered with the skillful touch of a veteran of the instrument. (the bright young folk review).
"This album has been years in the making, I've been writing tunes and putting sets together for years with a variety of different groups but I felt that the time had come to record my music and release it into the world. The recording process was spaced out over three months and the sound evolved so much into what you hear on the CD. I am over the moon with the way it has turned out and I am hugely grateful to everyone who has supported me through the process either musically, financially, or just generally being there to listen to my constant thinking out loud!" Ross Miller.
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