The chanter of the concert pipes was made by Leo Rowsome, the body of the pipes by Brian Howard, tuning by Louis Rousseau. The flat pitch chanter is from a set of Coyne pipes. The psaltery is a form of table harp designed by Bob Stewart, the Hardanger style fiddle was adapted by Stuart Gordon. Whistles are by Bernard Overton, eight and ten stringed citterns by Stefan Sobell and bodhrans by Joe King and Bob Stewart.
Finbar and I met to exchange pipes — an old set of Coyne's for a set made by Taylor. We played some music together and found the blend of my large psaltery with Fin's new set of pipes to be very exciting, and so we had the idea of putting them together on record.
I was working on the music for a film while Finbar was busy touring with his band, but eventually we found two days free for rehearsal and recording and we met in Bath. We sat down to play the music of our Scots and Irish people — together with some of our own making — with Fin's brother, George, and Fiddle player Stuart Gordon. Two days, many tunes and much alcohol later Finbar and George left for Ireland.
Here is some of the music that was played and recorded far into the night.