Love Is The Cause – Baroque Guitar and Viol

Music from Scotland 1650-1720

The Early American Parlor Banjo
Rob MacKillop, gut-strung banjo

This recording is available as a Download ONLY from CD Baby and iTunes, but will become available in CD format when Mel Bay Publications bring out the book of same name, with tab and standard notation of all the scores. So, if you don’t want the book, head to CD Baby or iTunes and download the mp3 files. I don’t yet have a release date for the book, but the downloads are available now. Click on the following image to take you to the CD Baby site, where you can hear the samples:

Rob MacKillop: The Early American Parlor Banjo

The recording contains works written by James Buckley, Albert Baur and Frank B. Converse, three of the most import early fingerstyle banjo composers. It covers folk music, popular dances such as the mazurka, and Romantic-period pieces which stretch the banjo of the day to its limits. I play the Luke Mercier Early-Fairbanks banjo with a Dobson tone ring, with gut strings tuned to the old American tuning of eAEG#B, for a warm and mellow sound.

Excerpts of each track available from the download sites.

RECITAL: The Art Of The Banjo 1910 – 1930
– Rob MacKillop, Steel-Strung 4- and 5-string banjos


A new album featuring two Deering Eagle II banjos, of popular art music from the early 20th century. Please go to the CD Baby website to hear extracts of every track. Also available on iTunes and Amazon MP3! Click on the following image to take you to the CD Baby site, where you can hear the samples:

Rob MacKillop: Recital: The Art Of The Banjo 1910 - 1930

CD Recordings

The Healing ~ Rob MacKillop ~ solo recording of lutes, 17th-century diatonic cittern and oud (Greentrax CDTRAX 227)
Includes the beautiful Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his 2nd Wife and selections from the following lute and cittern manuscripts: Balcarres, Rowallan, Robert Edwards, Skene. The last few tracks are contemporary pieces by Rob MacKillop, James Robertson and Matt Seattle.


“Album of the Month…simply one of the best albums that I have now racked into my personal collection…musicianship of the very highest calibre” Celtic World

“A fascinating album; for lovers of good tunes, music and instrument historians, dancers or dreamers. Tunes for the lute and cittern from the 17th to 21st Centuries. Elegant, sophisticated, brilliant.” Guitar Player

“Amateurs de Renbourn…ceci est pour vous” Trad Mag (France)

“On this performance, as with so many others, MacKillop’s technical mastery fades into insignificance beside the intensity and quiet power of his music” Penguin Songs (Canada)

Flowers of the Forest ~ Rob MacKillop ~ solo recording of lutes, citterns, mandour and 18th-century ‘guittar’ (Greentrax CDTRAX 155)

This recording reached the Number One position in both the Classical and Traditional charts in Scotland – an unprecidented event! It is fitting, though, as much of this beautiful repertoire falls between the two camps. Includes earliest version of ‘Flowers of the Forest’ and the earliest Scottish cittern music.


“Record Of The Week – 5 stars – unique and utterly beguiling…not an iota of antiquarian foostiness here…There are no accompaniments, no multi-tracking, yet the interest is consistently held, not just by MacKillop’s virtuosic yet warm playing (peerlessly recorded) but by the variety of moods and timbres” The Scotsman

James Oswald ~ Twelve Divertimentis for the Guittar (1759)
~ Rob MacKillop ~ (ASV Gaudeamus CD GAU 221)
Solo recording of Oswald’s highly entertaining pieces for the 18th-century wire-strung ‘guittar’ (otherwise known today as the English Guitar). A must for fans of Carolan!


“Oswald’s music is a mixture of ‘style galant’ and folk tunes, and is similar in many ways to the music of his near contemporary, Irish harpist Turlough O’Carolan. MacKillop’s playing shows a genuine feel for the music, and his liner notes show extensive research into the instrument and its music” Acoustic Guitar

“Rob MacKillop’s highly informative programme note and his technically superlative and musically sensitive playing shine a bright light on the hitherto obscure art of guittar playing” Early Music Review

“Here is a rarity indeed! The pieces just jump out of the CD player at you, with their lively melodies and resonant harmonies. Moreover, they are in such an apparent constant state of flux that one is never sure where they are going next, and the end result often surprises and delights. Gorgeously played, recorded and package, this CD is a real find.” Classical Guitar

Also available (for further information, click on record label name). All discs are available from or

The Songs of Alexander Montgomerie, Poet to James VI of Scotland (ASV Gaudeamus CD GAU249)

Plucked Instruments in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (EUCHMICD 101)

Graysteil ~ Music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance Scotland (Dorian Discoveries DIS 80141)

Notes of Noy ~ Notes of Joy – The Rowallan Consort – Early Scottish Music for Lute, Clarsach and Voice (Temple Records COMD 2058)

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