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JOHN OF CARRICK. English. England, Northumbraland. Composed by Northumbrian piper Billy Pigg (1902-1968) in honor of fellow Northumbrian piper and playing partner John Armstrong of Carrick (1929-c. 1980). High Carrick was the name of the hill farm that Armstrong owned on the edge of the Otterburn Army ranges, near Elsdon, Northumberland. Pigg and Armstrong, along with Armstrong's sister, Annie Snaith, and, in 1938, Archie Dagg, performed as the group The Border Minstrels.

Billy Pigg



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Recorded sources: Topic Records ‎12TS434, The High Level Ranters - "Border Spirit" (1983). Topic TSCD487, The High Level Ranters - "The Northumbrian Smallpipes" (1996. Various artists).




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