Fhuair Mi Pòg O Làimh A Rìgh ("I Kissed The Hand Of The King")

Posted on 14 May 2011

Director Shiona McCubbin took on film number three, resulting in a bold and highly cinematic take on a single act, as described in this intense recording.
In 1651, a pageant was held in honour of King Charles II in Stirling. Acknowledged by his peers as the ‘Prince of Pipers’, Patrick Mòr MacCrimmon was introduced to the monarch. MacCrimmon immediately composed and played a piece of piping in honour of the King, who asked him to come forward and kiss his hand. Margaret Stewart’s soaring vocal compliments Allan MacDonald’s magnificent piping in Shiona’s film, where MacCrimmon becomes a flame-haired female and the ‘King’ is portrayed by a rather menacing Gilly Gilchrist, former “River City” baddie Archie Buchanan. Stunning camerawork by Cindy Ramsay; editing by Angela Slaven.