Tony Warburton

Tony plays traditional Irish and Scottish music for the bagpipes and his repertoire encompasses many types and moods of music for different occasions. These range from traditional for highland dancing, such as the strathspeys, jigs, reels, and hornpipes to music for ceremonial functions such as weddings and memorial services, which call for their own traditional slow airs, laments and so forth; people sometimes request these pieces when Tony is busking at Granville Island. The bagpipe scale (which is in the Mixolydian Mode) enables him to play music of widely different emotional qualities. Some tunes are very happy and upbeat, like the marches, waltzes and polkas, while others are somber and haunting
Tony enjoys engaging with the public who are naturally drawn to the pipes and approach with requests, stories and questions. This often involves visitor’s being reminded of a loved one who has died along side the spontaneous dancing of children encountering live bagpipes for the first time.

Tony Warburton