Janette Montague is, unlike me, a professionally trained musician but I met her purely through the bagpipes when we both attended the National Piping Centre's Summer School in Glasgow in July 2006. She was obviously well plugged-in to the Piping Centre and seemed to know everyone.
I soon learned about her musical talent when she prepared beautiful harmonies for some of the tunes we played in class.
But it was only several years later that I discovered the full range of her ability as a bagpipe composer, when she not only composed but produced videos of ground-breaking pibrochs with the involvement of some top pipers. They are well worth listening to.
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She has also undertaken other projects related to the history of bagpiping. [to follow]
More recently, Janette composed a beautiful strathspey, called Arran of Bressay, which I played at my gate on one of the "Clap for carers" evenings during the Covid-19 crisis.