|Composer's Corner I Joe Massey|
Joe joined the Scots Guards after leaving school, one of three brothers who served with the regiment, the eldest being killed in action. He learnt his piping with the 2nd Battalion and also studied at Buckingham Palace under Alec MacDonald, the then Sovereign's Piper.
For a while he played with the Clan MacLeod Pipe Band. Later he become Pipe Sergeant of the Clan Cruachan Pipe Band. He then joined the Cameron Highlanders 1st Battalion the Liverpool Scottish until its disbandment in 1967.
He then became Pipe Major of the Liverpool Irish and was that regiment's last Pipe Major. The Irish then became the 103 Light Air Defence Regiment, and Joe was asked to form a new band and became its 1st Pipe Major.
Joe then moved to Ayr, where he was P/Sgt of the Killoch Colliery Pipe Band and was called upon during this time to judge the Killoch Junior Solo Piping competition. He then played with British Caledonian Airways Pipe Band for several years before retiring to Anglesey. He now lives in Formby and is currently helping to train the Merseyside Cadet Pipe Band at Altcar.
While serving in the Liverpool Scottish, he was invited by Capt. John MacLellan to be guest Piobaireachd player at the West End Hotel ceildh owned by Gordon Usher, and played in front of D.R.MacLennan and P/M Evan MacRae.
The following tunes are compostions by Joe Massey and are from a book entitled "Airs & Graces" which he co-produced with Chris Eyre with about 100 of their tunes in. There is also a double CD which plays the entire book in sets and medleys. Click here to go directly to music book and CD page or click here to go Chris Eyre's Homepage, you can access the book page by clicking on "Airs & Graces" on the menu.
Lament for a Chindit
Breton Wedding Day