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Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Famous pipers: Roderick MacDonald

Roderick MacDonaldwas born on South Uist in 1901. He was a member of Glasgow City Police Pipe Band from 1923 to 1956. He served under two Pipe Majors, Willie Gray, then the famous John MacDonald, his brother. At the Argyllshire Gathering, Roderick won the March in 1928, the Strathspey and […]

Stuart Letford: The new piping normal

Stuart Letford: The new piping normal

“We will not succeed in navigating the complex environment of the future by peering relentlessly into a rear view mirror. To do so, we would be out of our minds.” – Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds (Capstone, 2001). Like most of you, I have now spent eight weeks self-isolating. […]

Coire na Creiche in the Cuillin hills of Skye. This was where the last clan battle took place on Skye. It was fought between the MacLeods of Dunvegan and the MacDonalds of Sleat in the summer of 1601.

Stories of the Tunes: The MacDonald’s Salute

The MacDonald’s Salute is one of three compositions relating to the reconciliation between the MacLeods of Dunvegan and the MacDonalds of Sleat, following a protracted period of conflict between the two. The other tunes are MacLeod’s Controversy and The MacLeod’s Salute. The tunes are attributed to MacLeod’s piper, Donald Mòr […]

Famous pipers: Peter Bain

Famous pipers: Peter Bain

Peter Bain was a prominent piper and judge of the post-war era. Taught his piping by William MacDonald, Lairg, Peter joined the Scots Guards in 1927 and was appointed Pipe Major of the Holding Batt. in 1941 then the 4th Batt. In 1944-45 he was Pipe Major of the 2nd […]

Online classes available at the NPC

Online classes available at the NPC

Online evening classes are being launched at the National Piping Centre. The initiative is a means of maintaining lessons amid the restrictions placed on movement due to the global pandemic. The 12-week course commences on Monday, May 25 – and at £75 / £65, the cost is lower than the […]

William Scott's pipes.

Chris Gray / Somme pipe goes for £5,000 / Breton tribute; VJ Day 75

Inveraray & District Pipe Band piper, Chris Gray has released his first recording. The self-entitled CD is available now from his website. Recorded last year, the reocrding was co-produced by Calum MacCrimmon and features a multi-instrumental ensemble. Read Iain MacInnes’ review. A set of pipes that were reportedly played at […]

Chris Gray

Chris Gray

Iain MacInnes reviews Chris Gray’s debut recording. As Scotland’s pipers explore ever wider musical horizons, this beautifully-made debut CD from Chris Gray points the way to what can be achieved. Gray comes with an impressive piping pedigree (he was a pupil of Tony MacDonald’s in his native Lockerbie), as well […]

An artists impression of Findlater's winning of the Victoria Cross at the Heights of Dargai.

Stories of the tunes: Cock of the North

Last week we kicked off an occasional series looking at the stories behind some of our well known tunes. The tune we looked at was Pibroch of Donald Dubh. Today we look at Cock of The North. In the late 1890s, when news came of Piper Findlater’s exploits at Dargai […]

HLI in VE Day photo / Craig’s new collection

HLI in VE Day photo / Craig’s new collection

We found this photograph whilst delving into the fascinating archives of the Piping Times yesterday. We post it today whilst the contribution made by pipers last Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day is still fresh in the mind. The photograph was sent in a few years ago […]