Formed in the late 1960s in Glasgow, Scotland, the band made a substantial contribution to the development of Scottish traditional music during the subsequent decades. They led the revival of the bellows-blown bagpipes and were the first ensemble to combine the Celtic harp, fiddle and pipes in regular performance. The band recorded extensively for the Claddagh, Greentrax and Lochshore labels and continues to perform and record. Visit the band website here.
Archival recordings of a number of special projects involving the band are available on Bandcamp:
A compilation from the soundtrack for a film on the exploitation of North Sea oil by Eddie McGuire with the Whistlebinkies. Recorded CaVa Sound Studios, Glasgow c 1981. Edited by Stuart Eydmann. The tone poem opens and closes with a musical recreation of the sound of the sea and shore. A version of this piece is the title track of the Whistlebinkies CD on the KLUB label.
This performance was recorded live at the Gable End Theatre, Hoy, Orkney, during the 2006 St Magnus Festival by Stuart Eydmann.
Farewell to the Creeks
Recorded Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh 27 August 2010. Featuring Robert Wallace on Scottish small-pipes in D.
Scottish Folk Dances
Recorded at the Festival des Politischen Liedes, East Berlin 1976. Released on the album “6. Festival des politischen liedes” on the East German label Eterna.
Auld Lang Syne
This was recorded as part of the music for the first ever New Year broadcast of Channel 4 TV (1982), a documentary film by Eddie McConnell “Hogmanay – The True Story”. See video extract below.
Great is the cause of my sorrow
Recorded at Dollar Music Society, Dollar Academy, Scotland, October 2009.
The Winter it is Past
Bonny at Morn
A song air from the Scotland-England border country. Recorded Oran Mor, Glasgow. Viola played by Annaleise Dagg.
Bonny at Morn
This version was recorded at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh 27 August 2010. Concertina played by Stuart Eydmann.