The AHPD has been honored to participate in opening ceremonies for the Atlanta Steeplechase for many years. This photo was taken in 1997, the first year the steeplechase was held at its current location. In prior years it was held at the Seven Branches Farm in Cumming.
“The Minstrel Boy” was written by Irish poet and artiste Thomas Moore. He wrote the lyrics in commemoration of friends who had died in the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and set it to the tune of an old Irish air called “The Moreen.” The song quickly became a popular patriotic song, both in Ireland and among Irishmen abroad, including Irish-American Civil War Regiments. Continue reading The Minstrel Boy→
In August of 2000, The AHPD marched in the Millennium Piping Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, along with thousands of bandsmen from around the world. The parade, in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care, stepped off behind Edinburgh Castle and went through the heart of the city’s New Town on Princes Street. Continue reading AHPD Travels to Scotland — Twice!→
“The Hundred Pipers” is attributed to Carolina Nairne, Lady Nairne, a prolific songwriter of the period descending from a Jacobite family. The verses appears in the second edition of her Lays from Strathern (1846).
Performing on a world-class stage with world-class musicians in front of a large appreciative audience is something we’ll never forget.
In February of 2009, The Chieftains contacted us about whether a unit of 10 musicians from our band could accompany them on stage for their concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Of course we said yes!
The Skye Boat Song is a Scottish folk song that recalls the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The song tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaped in a Continue reading Skye Boat (The Outlander Theme Song)→
Back in the summer of 1983, when we were still the James Reid Pipe Band, we were hired to promote a brand of Scotch at the Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia that was co-sponsored by the liquor store and the Scotch distributor. We circled in front of the store for two or three sets before Continue reading Promote Scotch? Why, Yes! We Can Do That!→