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My father the bagpiper – part 5

Continuing Edith Paterson’s (née McHardy) story of her father. On one memorable night, my father stopped the band and made a speech pointing out the impossibility of proceeding unless the tumult could be reduced by half. I do not recall that there was any noticeable diminution thereafter. On rare occasions […]

Celebration at the announcement of winning the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships 2009

RSPBA / John Shone’s BB book / Donald Drone

As the pipe band world looks forwards with nervous optimism to 2021, the RSPBA’s Music Board has confirmed the tune requirements of the 2020 season will be carried forward into the 2021 season: The decision was approved at the Board of Directors Meeting on June 27, 2020. Meanwhile, at the […]

Stories of the Tunes: The Green Hills of Tyrol

Stories of the Tunes: The Green Hills of Tyrol

The Green Hills of Tyrol is a ubiquitous tune, learnt by virtually all pipers at an early stage. In 1961, the famous Scottish singer Andy Stewart put words to the tune and his song, A Scottish Soldier reached the No. 1 pop chart spot in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. […]

Covid-19: the game changer

Covid-19: the game changer

By Stuart Letford for Bagpipe.News Prepare for the long haul regarding the Coronavirus, folks. That was the message from a webinar discussion into the future of piping and pipe bands post-Covid-19. Further, there is a chance there may be no pipe band competitions held in 2021. The webinar took place […]

The Turra Coo Collection

The Turra Coo Collection

By Euan Anderson With pipers all over the world trapped indoors going stir crazy, this is a grand time to launch a book. This particular one is A4 in size with a glossy black cover that has a coo’s face on it. It will certainly stick out on the shelf […]

Famous pipers: John A. MacLellan

Simply put, Captain John A. MacLellan MBE (1921-1991) was one of the most important pipers of the 20th century. A military man, he joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders as a boy piper in 1936. In 1941, he was appointed Pipe Major of the 9th Battalion, Queen’s Own Highlanders: he […]

Stuart McCallum inside the workshop. (Photo: Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce).

McCallums back to the grinder / Post-pandemic discussion

In a hint of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, a leading bagpipe manufacturer returned to full production yesterday. McCallum Bagpipes, based in Kilmarnock, Scotland, said in a statement: “We are back. In line with Scottish Government advice, we are in full production from today …. It’s been […]

Winter Storm cancelled … for 2021! / USPF results

Winter Storm cancelled … for 2021! / USPF results

Winter Storm, the popular US Midwest weekend of competitions and workshops, has been cancelled for 2021. Winter Storm was scheduled for January 14-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. In a sign of increasing concern in the global piping community about the pandemic in some parts of the world, the Midwest Highland […]

PM Bill Robertson.

PM Bill Robertson, an appreciation

Vale, Pipe Major William Robertson (1932-2020) By Brett Tidswell Pipe Major William Robertson died at 12:00pm last Thursday (24th) in Auckland, New Zealand, the country he made home since moving there in 1959, and where he made a huge contribution to piping and to pipe bands. A celebration of his […]

The Europeans, 2019: a pictorial

Today, around 100 pipe bands should have been making their way to Bught Park in Inverness for the 2020 European Pipe Championships. Regrettably, the Covid-19 panemic has put paid to that – as well as to the whole 2020 competition season. Bught Park has held many pipe band and solo […]