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News 03/07/03

    A couple of new recording projects are in the works. Many songs are in the concept phase. "Amazing Grace" will definitely be on the hit list.

News 03/02/03

    Weavers of the Tartan and the PIPIN' HOT album were actually the product of a previous bagpipe album Scott had recorded back in 1984. The name of this first album was "Weave of the Tartan" by the Cawthons. Scott was unable to promote this album due to circumstances arising at the time, and the project was put on the back shelf. Years went by when Scott noticed his original masters were deteriorating. He sent them away to be restored. As he listened to these restored masters, Scott felt that the arrangements and sound of his music were, in his own words, "pretty cheesy." After all, it was now 1994 and the technology and quality of music had improved quite dramatically with the introduction of mp3s and live digital editing. Scott tried recording the pipe track over on one of the songs, but the contrast proved to be too much. It was then that Scott decided to go back into the recording studio. He kept what he felt were his best songs on this first album and added some other songs and arrangements he had already had in mind to record. This time, instead of making his arrangements around the bagpipe music, he would take the liberty to arrange the pipe music around the (Scottish) style and arrangement of music he was looking for.


News 03/01/03

    Bagpipes and the creation of new innovative highland bagpipe music influenced by the Celtic / Scottish bagpipe tradtion is the specialty of Scott Cawthon, one of five Cawthon bagpipe artisans. Donald and Jock MacLellan, Scottish immigrants and family friends first introduced him and his four brothers to playing the bagpipe during the 1960's. He began taking bagpipe lessons from Donald MacLellan at the ripe old age of 8. H also had tutoring from local bagpipe instructors Nelson Frew and John Goodenow. He attended numerous Scottish performing arts schools where he received personal tutoring from Scotland's leading pipers Capt. John MacLellan, bagpipe Major John MacKenzie and John MacFadyen.

    Playing the bagpipes in many bagpiping competitions is one of Scott's most memorable achievements. He placed 1st in the USA and 3rd in the N. American solo bagpipe competitions in the late 1960's. Although Scott has enjoyed performing publicly, his desire was to create a new refreshing sound that would gracefully "weave" the Great Highland Bagpipe with various other instruments to create an array of styles and sounds. Each tune is artistically composed to paint musical pictures with vibrant splashes of imagination.

Burns Night 2003

    Daughters of Scotia Burns Night Dinner this past Janurary. A picture of my piping and Nancy Skye conducting a sing-along with the pipes.

Lady Douglas #126 2003

    This is a thankyou note from the Daughters of Scotia where I played last month.

    Dear Scott,
    Thank you for joining us in our celebration. You and your pipes were a delight. This is just a small token of your deep appreciation.
    Lady Douglas 126, Daughters of Scotia
    Syracuse, NY