Jack Lee won the Glenfiddich Championship at Blair Castle. The “Glenfiddich” is considered to be the most prestigious solo piping contest in the world. Confined to 10 pipers, competitors must have won a Major Piping Competition in the past year. Jack won 1st in the Piobaireachd event and 2nd in the March, Strathspey and Reel. Jack is the only non-scottish piper to ever win the Glenfiddich. This was his second win with the first being in 2003. Jack played the bagpipe and bag made by Lee & Sons Bagpipes Ltd.
Jack Lee wins the Silver Star at the Argyllshire Gathering, also known as the Former Winners March, Strathspey, Reel. Jack played John MacDonald of Gencoe, Islay Ball and the Rookery on a bagpipe and goatskin bag made by Andrew Lee of Lee & Sons Bagpipes Ltd. With that win, Jack has now won every major prize in piping on at least one occasion.
Jack Lee wins his second Masters Championships during Piping Live playing the piobaireachd, Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie.
Jack played a set of pipes and pipe bag made by Andrew Lee.
We have just uploaded another 60 tunes to our Lee & Sons Tune Library, which brings the total on our site to 3,500. Included in the 60 tunes were the last few piobaireachds from the Piobaireachd Society Book 16. We have now recorded all piobaireachds from the Society’s Books 1-16.
Jack finished recording and uploading the first 15 books 2 years ago. No sooner had he recorded the “first 15” and the society published Book 16. He really enjoyed studying, playing and recording Book 16. There are some terrific tunes in there, such as Cave of Gold, Hail to my Country, The Sword’s Lament, etc. There is also a very nice alternative setting for Glengarry’s Lament. But there is one piobaireachd, The Piper’s Salute to his Master, which takes piobaireachd complexity to a whole new level. Previously, Jack had regarded the Nameless Lament from the MacArthur Manuscripts as the most difficult piece ever played. The Piper’s Salute to his Master is much more difficult. The technical and memory requirements are really something. But the tune is just under 28 minutes in length so the piper’s endurance is tested like no other piobaireachd ever published. Jack has recorded all of these tunes on full bagpipe. We hope you enjoy the music.
We are very pleased to add 55 more tunes to our extensive Tune Library. The entire Piobaireachd Society Collection (Books 1-15) is available plus the majority of Book 16. We have added some terrific compositions by modern composers such as Bruce Gandy, Iain MacCrimmon, Bob Worrall, Robert Mathieson and others. It also includes a number of the winning compositions from the Tune Writing competitions that Jack has organized at his various piping schools. With each tune you purchase you receive a recording of Jack Lee playing it on the full Highland bagpipe plus the written music in Bagpipe Music Writer and PDF formats.
Lee and Sons Bagpipes is pleased to celebrate its 6th anniversary with a special sales price on all pipe bags. All pipe bags purchased from our online store are reduced by 20% during the month of December, 2016. This includes the prices of all the pipebags, zippers and grommets.
We have just added 377 tunes to our Tune Library. There are now 264 piobaireachds and over 3,400 tunes on the site. The tunes were composed by a wide range of very talented pipers. With each tune you purchase you receive a recording of Jack Lee playing it on the full Highland bagpipe. You also receive the written music in both PDF and Bagpipe Music Writer format.
Photo of Andrew Lee winning the A Grade Piobaireachd at the Cowal Highland Games. Andrew made and played the bagpipe, bag and reed. He is believed to be the first piper to do this since John Ban MacKenzie, 1850. Andrew played the same setup while winning the MacCrimmon cairn for professional piobaireachd at the BC Pipers Association’s annual gathering in March, 2016.
Lee and Sons Bagpipes is pleased to celebrate its 5th anniversary with a special sales price on all pipe bags. All pipe bags purchased from our online store are reduced by 20% during the month of December, 2015. This includes the prices of all the pipebags, zippers, grommets and tie-ins.
We are very pleased to add 61 more piobaireachds to our Tune Library. The entire Piobaireachd Society Collection is now available on our site. For Jack, studying piobaireachd has been a lifetime passion and wonderful hobby. He really enjoys studying them, singing them, playing them on the practice chanter, hearing other pipers play them, teaching them, researching the history of them, etc. But there is nothing quite like taking the time to get the bagpipe tuned well and actually playing piobaireachds on the full instrument. It has been a journey over many years and a true pleasure for him. We hope you enjoy the music.