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Including all the pieces played by the traditional brass bands, military bands, marching bands and pipe bands, excepting bands who play in primary genre tags e.g. Big Band / Jive / Swing, Caribbean, Folk, Jazz and Latin.


The Jukebox Pick (of 204):

 4-4 March: Scotland The Brave

 (Traditional)

 The Grantown and District Pipe Band

 8.8 out of 10 “Excellent” Traditional Band

 First out on their LP “Popular Pipe Tunes” ‎(Lismor Recordings LILP-5050) in 1976. The tune is led by Ian Fraser (Pipe Major) and A. Masson (Drum Major). In his liner notes to the 1976 LP, Leonard Grassick wrote: “Grantown and District Pipe Band (formerly known as The Clan Grant Pipe Band) was reformed four years ago after being in abeyance for many years. Much of its present success is due to the youthful policy which it now pursues, with five of its present pipers still of school age. The area covered for band recruitment is large and in years to come it will inevitably grow in size because of the current educational policy to teach piping in all the area schools. Grantown, situated in the beautiful Spey Valley, is an ideal centre for any pipe band, with the lovely woodland areas, the heather-clad hills and the fast flowing River Spey winding its way along the valley. The band takes advantage of this setting and travels at weekends to the various villages to entertain both locals and visitors, who enjoy hearing Scotland's traditional music.

I find myself completely powerless to resist this. It stirs the heart and soul of all Tartan Army cohorts and, indeed, any true Scot, second only to “Flower Of Scotland” in terms of national anthem stature. The 15th June, 1982, goes down in history as the first time the Scottish national team were introduced by an “unofficial” national anthem. Documents published in 2010 later revealed that Margaret Thatcher's government feared that letting Jock Stein’s side ditch “God Save the Queen” in favour of this rousing tune would stoke nationalist sentiments, legitimise the campaign for independence, and weaken the United Kingdom in terms of the world's perception. Resisting the lobbying, Ernie Walker of the Scottish Football Association stood firm. To celebrate the occasion, Scotland defeated New Zealand by five goals to two! The tune also represented Scotland at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, before making way for the aforementioned “Flower Of Scotland”.

In regards to the history of the tune, respected historian Charlie Gore reckons that it dates to the early 1890s, and that it was known under the titles “Brave Scotland” and “Scotland For Ever”. It was published in “The Gesto Collection of Highland Music” by Keith Norman MacDonald in 1895. The earliest reference close to the now established title was found by Edinburgh collector and researcher Jack Campin in a Boys Brigade pipe tune book from 1911, where it appeared as “Scotland, the Brave!!!” Lyrics were added circa 1950 by the Glasgow-born journalist-author-songwriter Cliff Hanley, the intention being that it was to be sung by Robert Wilson in a musical at the Empire Theatre, Glasgow. It caught on with folks and is now likely to last forever!


Some favourite artists:

The Grantown and District Pipe Band, The Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, The Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities O.T.C. Pipe Band, Beirut

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