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Thornbury is a
market town in South Gloucestershire,
notable feature is its castle, a Tudor structure begun in 1511 as a home
for Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. The two intricate red-brick
chimneys were built in 1514, and are similar to those found at
The tune was composed by Bruce Gandy.
Bruce Gandy is one of the most natural and talented musicians, composers and competitors to enter the world piping scene in the last 50 years. As a player, he is “a piper’s piper” – a player whose gift for technique, rhythm, melody and poise even the best look up to.
When in top form on the competition platform he is formidable, and while the major Scottish prizes seemed to elude him for a long time, in recent years he has begun to gather them up, much to the satisfaction of his friends and competitors.
As a composer, his catalogue of superb tunes is large and still growing. Pipers are often surprised to learn that a tune they’ve heard for years and thought was in the traditional repertoire is actually a Bruce Gandy composition.
In short, he is one of Canada’s national piping treasures.