It is with sadness that we record the death of Roderick Cannon on 9th June.
Roderick Cannon’s contribution to the Piobaireachd Society was immeasurable, as it was to the wider bagpipe world. He applied his sharp academic mind in all matters, and much of his work can be seen on this website. He gave numerous papers at the Annual Conference, all with characteristic enthusiasm, shedding light clearly on complex matters, such as how Joseph MacDonald in his Treatise meant embellishments to be timed, or the translation of the MacCrimmon Canntaireachd. He served on the Music Committee for thirty years, and was instrumental in encouraging that the early sources such as Joseph MacDonald and Donald MacDonald should be explored. And he delivered – his authorship of books on these subjects was immensely thorough, detailed and analytical, fuelling and informing current interest in these styles of piobaireachd playing.
His enthusiasm, his expertise, his incisive academic tenacity and his unfailing gentlemanly conduct will not be replaced. His most recent book, The Music of John MacCrimmon (The Gesto Canntaireachd) will be published later this year.
Here is the interview Roderick gave to Pipeline after delivering the College of Piping Lecture on the Gesto Canntaireachd in March 2015.