Regal. Stately. Majestic. It’s one of the biggest bagpipe tunes ever, behind only "Amazing Grace" and perhaps "Scotland the Brave." "Highland Cathedral" is – or should be – in every piper’s repertoire. But how much do you know about this tune? Time and again I’ll see it listed in programs as "Highland Cathedral" – traditional Scottish bagpipe tune. But that’s wrong.
The late, great John D. Burgess plays "Bobby Cuthbertson" and "The Swallow Tailed Coat" whilst a giddy Seamus MacNeill looks on. Video seems to be from the early 1980s. Interesting to hear how playing styles have shifted a bit in the light music but there is no questioning the rhythmic control and flow of the