Quite different they are too, with the ScottishPower Pipe Band playing magnificently in a style that carries their own tradition forward early on and Wolfstone’s tight fusion of the bagpipe and fiddle traditions with hard-rockin’ rhythms rattling towards the finale.
The unifying forces for these disparate performances, and indeed for all the participants in a handsome celebration of a talent taken from us far too soon, are the unabashed love and respect for a man who left behind memories of daring and technically immaculate bagpipe playing, a catalogue of great tunes that are part of the fabric of Scottish traditional music, and stories of a glorious rascal.
Gordon Walker captured all these factors with his opening solo piping set, adding a heartfelt lament for another, more recently departed piper, Alasdair Gillies, and the tunes kept coming. Julie Fowlis’s band weaved a magical Soup Dragon into the singer’s winsome Gaelic song set. The effervescent whistle, pipes, fiddle, frets and box team of Ross Ainslie, Charlie McKerron, Marc Clement and Tim Edey re-energised The Jig Of Beer, and a mighty session version of The High Drive formed a rousing coda. But not before guitar-mandolin duo Wingin’ It, Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey and singer-songwriter Gordon Duncan Jr contributed their ideas and strong musical personalities in keeping with the Gordon Duncan spirit.