Rory Sinclair

Rory Sinclair

JON_0679Rory has been doing music in one way or another all his life. To begin with, there was a piano in the family home in Deep River and he noodled on the instrument almost daily till he left home for University. While in Deep River he took lessons on the Great Highland Bagpipe and the Saxophone. In addition he played clarinet and ukulele in two folk groups –self taught on both.

While at University he took up guitar – learning on his roommate’s instrument. The guitar has been a constant in his life ever since.

In 1991 Rory took up his bagpipes again and embarked on 20 years of weekly lessons with Pipe Major John MacKenzie of Newmarket In the ‘90’s he competed at Highland Games with some success in Piobaireachd [classical form] as well as light music. Since taking up his piping again he has composed over 20 original pipe tunes

Since 2000, Rory has been most interested in combining the music of the bagpipe with other instruments He has produced 3 CD’s of pipe music both traditional and with other instruments Two are available in their entirety elsewhere on this website. The most recent, “The World Through a Piper’s Fingers” features tunes, genres and songs that have never seen pipes: Bob Marley, Chuck Berry, Cajun, Calypso inter alia.

Rory also plays in the musical collective Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room founded in 2004 and now it its 10th year of playing monthly gigs at the FreeTimes Café at College and Spadina. He has played in several Irish bands, for various tracks on CD’s of other musicians, for countless academic processions, weddings, funerals and plays pipes with organ in many downtown churches. But the musical position of which he is most proud is being appointed Piper to the Earl of Caithness, Hereditary Chief of Clan Sinclair..

Rory makes ends meet as a residential general contractor in downtown Toronto.

Almost Persuaded
Bad Man's Blunder
Bang Bang (You Shot Me Down)
Blue Side of Lonesome
Bonaparte's Retreat
Boney Fingers
California Cottonfields
Cheap Whiskey
Coast of Malabar
Darkest Hour is Just Before the Dawn
Dead Flowers
Did She Mention My Name?
Divorce Me C.O.D
Down By the Willow Garden
Eriskay Love Lilt
Famous Blue Raincoat
Famous Last Words
Fast Freight
Golden Ring
Hobo's Lullabye
Holding Her and Loving You
Cover Songs:
How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
I Am Weary (Kiss Me Mother)
I Really Don't Want to Know
I'll Take the Blame
I'm Leaving It Up To You
I'm Not That Lonely Yet
If Drinking Don't Kill Me
It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)
It's Not Love, But It's Not Bad
Lakes Of Pontchartrain
Last Cheater's Waltz
Lily Hoskin
Lion In Winter
Little Buffalo
Living Proof
Long Black Rifle
Loser Friendly
Losing You Might Be The Best Thing Yet
Lost On The Bayou
Love In The Hot Afternoon
Making Believe
Mama's Hungry Eyes
Mine Till I Go
Mission San Miguel
My Kind Of Woman (My Kind Of Man)
No Reason To Quit
Nobody Answers When I Call Your Name
Our Last Date
Parting Glass
Prairie Lullaby
Pussy Willows, Cattails
Queen of the Silver Dollar
Rank Stranger
She Thinks I Still Care
Silver Threads And Golden Needles
Silver Tongued Devil
So Long Marianne
Someone I Used To Know
The Wanderer
These Days (I Barely Get By)
Today I Started Loving You Again
Together Again
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Tower of Song
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
When Will I Be Loved
When the Last Curtain Falls
Wild and Blue
You Never Even Call Me By My Name
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
You Win Again