A compositional conversation between the Piobaireachd tradition, voice and drum.
A collaboration with Laurie Pitt.
Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Quinie’s experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Her work has a strong sense of place rooted in an imagined Scotland.
Commissioned by Takuroku, this piece builds on her work exploring the vocalisation of piping traditions. Working in collaboration with Laurie Pitt on snare drum, is an exploration of the solo voice in dialogue with the compositional structure of the Piobaireachd.
The word 'piobaireachd' literally means pipe playing or pipe music, but is now used to describe the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. A piobaireachd consists of a Urlar, theme or, 'ground', with variations which vary in number and complexity following that theme. The Urlar for this piece is a Scots translation of the traditional song May no man steal your thyme.
This classification of Piobaireachd takes in the categories as follows: Laments — Descriptive pieces, Gatherings — Marches, Battles and Salutes — Farewells. In this piece we are using the voice to express the Lament and the drum to Gather.
Both musicians begin with the Urlar, and build in complexity. Quinie by adding vocal references to the Canntaireachd (Scottish Gaelic for 'chanting' - a vocal method of notating Piobaireachd), and Laurie by incorporating a set of drum sticks that are woven from willow, that refer to each section of the work by the number of sticks incorporated in them and the sounds they create.
Quinie (Josie Valley) - voice
Laurie Pitt - snare drum
Recorded by Stevie Jones
2 - Thyme Piobaireachd Snare [09:49]
Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Collaging together source material, Vallely amalgamates sean nos style melodies, children’s rhyme, story poems and snippets of more traditional tunes to create a bleak and extended blur of narratives routed in an imagined Scotland. She released her second album 'Buckie Prins' with GLARC at the end of 2018.