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Hilary de Vries

Composer & Songwriter

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The Barley Skimmers

Pipe Book & CD

The Barley Skimmers

Scottish Music for the Pipes

Hilary de Vries


by Allan MacDonald

An inspiring collection of over forty original pipe tunes inspired by the landscape of Scotland.

Includes study cd played by Allan MacDonald

I’m a Scottish composer and songwriter whose work is very much influenced by the Highland landscape where I live. My instrumental music is mainly for clarsach (Scottish harp), pipes and recorder, but many of my tunes also work well on other instruments including fiddle and guitar.

I play a 19 string wire-strung clarsach from Ardival Harps, Scottish and Northumbrian smallpipes, and recorder. My pipes are a set of Gruar smallpipes in D.

Together with renowned harpist and arranger Bill Taylor we released a book of my harp tunes 'Heartstone'.

I’ve also worked with acclaimed poet and writer Kenneth Steven, composing music to accompany his new sequence of poems on the legend of Deirdre of the Sorrows.

Much of my songwriting is in collaboration with others, including poet Aonghas MacNeacail, writer and poet Donald S.Murray, and Stuart Eaglesham. I enjoy writing music to other people’s words or finding the words in their music. Collaborating with different people brings a new perspective and energy that also benefits my solo work.

Ultimately, whether it’s song or instrumental, in collaboration or solo, fiddle or pipe, what music is for me is a means of expressing the world around me in a way that goes straight to the heart.

Related Links

Traditional Music & Song Association TMSA


The Bagpipe Society

Northumbrian Pipers Society

Lowland & Borders Pipe Society

Winner of the Aberdeen TMSA New Tune 2017     

Highly Commended, UK Songwriting Competition 2017

‘music of lucid beauty and emotional depth’

Robert MacLean, poet

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