■ Yoshifumick Og MacCrimmori's Profile ■
First name : Yoshifumi
Family name : Mori
Sex : man
Date of the birth : 25th September 1954
Interest : purely piobaireachd
My Pipes : 1976 Hardies - real Ivory, 2004 Dunfions - silver & Imitation Ivory
Piping Career : since 1975
First contact with piobaireachd : 16th January 1973
■ Yoshifumick Og MacCrimmori's Self-Introduction ■
|I was born in 1954,
the 200th anniversary of the passing of Iain Dall
MacKay of Gairloch.
During the first half of my
teenage, I was nothing but a Rock freak.
From then on, I started to appreciate various British Traditional Music. Gradually, I was becoming fond of Scottish music especially. The most favorite tune in those days was a singing of Dick Gaughan on "MacCrimmon's Lament" from his album "No More Forever" (Trailer TER 2072/1972). Naturally, I didn't know who was MacCrimmon, in those days.
16th of January 1973 is
an unforgettable day for me, for that day I just
happend to hear my first piobaireachd on a Ethnic
musicr radio program. The narrator, who was a famous
Ethnic music scholar, did not tell the exact title of
the tune, although he has explained about the
piobaireachd. Anyway, I was deeply fascinated by the
piobaireachd at once.
In February 1975, my girl friend (my future wife) traveled to Scotland, and she, at my request, have brought back a practice chanter and "Donald MacLeod's Bagpipe Tutor" which was enclosed with four EP records. I started to practice following wee Donald's tutorial by myself.
In those days, my favorite album was John D. Burgess's "King of Highland Pipers" (Topic 12T199/1969). As a result, "The Desperate Battle of the Birds" the album's only pibroch became one of my favorite tunes ever since.
After almost one year of sole
chanter practicing, I joined The Tokyo Piping
Society, which led by Dr. Masami Yamane who are
well-known for the "KORG - Tuning Trainer".
In February 1977, I took one month trip to Britain. I visited several local folk clubs and attended some concerts of the British traditional music around London. Naturally, I visited to Scotland - Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, etc.
Dr. Yamane had been taking part in
the Piping School in California runned by the College
of Piping from mid '70s. So, in March 1983, he
invited Mr. Seumas MacNeill to Japan for an
intensive tutorial. On that occasion, I have heard a live
performance of the piobaireachd for the first time in
In October of the same year, Mr. Thomas Pearston also came to Japan as a judge for the Highland Game in Tokyo. He taught me "MacCrimmon's Sweetheart" and "Black Donald's March" on that opportunity.
Just after that occasion, P/M Angus MacDonald was invited to Japan for the British Fair held on a long-established department store. I rushed to the store, and asked him to play any piobaireachd. He played for me the urlar of "Lament for the Children". That was a really touching moment.
Almost a decade later, in October 1992
and 1993, Mr. Angus J. MacLellan also
came to Japan as a judge for the Highland
Game in Tokyo. I spent with him a day in each year. He
sang a lot of Canntaireachds and played various
My encounters with real piobaireachd players are no more than above mentioned. The chance of meeting them is such a rare opportunity here in Japan, therefore I have been collecting almost all recordings of piobaireachd from LPs, Cassette Tapes, CDs, Videos, DVDs, etc. The volume of articles have reached nearly a thousand, in adition to Donald MacLeod's Tutorial Series, Bobs' The Masters of Piobaireachd Series, and some others.
Besides, I have obtained all the Piobaireachd Books, Proceedings, and other printed matters of the Piobaireachd Society, and almost all miscellaneous Books concerning about piobaireachd and Highland Piping cultures.
I suppose that there are dozens of pipers in Japan, though almost all of them play only Ceol Beag and have little interest in Ceol Mor, exept only a few pipers. Therefore, I used to be a lonesome piobaireachd devotee in Japan for a long period.
I have started my own website which is concentrated on piobaireachd and other Scottish culture from 2002. The main purpose of the website is a memorandum for myself, which ensures that I should not forget the contents of books and various printed matters concerning about piobaireachd which I have read. Being a Japanese, I have difficulty in memorizing the contents in English. Of course, I wish my site would make other Japanese pipers to become a bit more interest in Ceol Mor.
●My repertoires on the Pipes
(in learning order)
●Nearly on the Pipes
renderings of specific tunes
●My favorite books
I wish I could paly
"Lament for the Children" and "Lament for
Patrick Og MacCrimmon"