Chris is a superb player, both of his instruments and of the music. Northumbrian pipes seem to be one of the instruments whose best exponents attract the soubriquet 'Virtuoso', and he is acknowledged as one of these. He is the player 'who plays all the variations' - and this CD gives ample evidence of the quality of his musicianship. Above all, he seriously and meticulously understands where his music is coming from, both in the wider context of his knowledge of piping traditions, and in the specific origins of his own style. And that style is the Clough tradition.