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Superstitious Minds

Superstitious Minds

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #50, 2011. I’m not a hugely superstitious person. But then again, I’m not not a superstitious person. You won’t see me walk under a ladder. That’s just crazy. What harm’s a little salt over the shoulder when I’m in a spilling way, and, […]

Blair Atholl piping concert

Blair Atholl piping concert

A small village in Perthshire, Scotland will host TWO consecutive piping events at the end of this October. A “grand concert of piping” is planned for Blair Atholl on Friday, October 25. The venue is the small village hall which sits diagonally across from the imposing wall and entrance gates […]

SLoT: 2019 UK Champions

SLoT: 2019 UK Champions

In wet and dull weather conditions today at Lurgan Park in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band (SLoT) won the 2019 United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships. The Dublin-based band also took the drumming prize. Twelve bands competed in Grade 1. Also of note, all the top prizes […]

2020 May Bank Holiday moved for VE Day anniversary

2020 May Bank Holiday moved for VE Day anniversary

Scotland will follow England and Wales in moving next year’s early May Bank Holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The early May Bank Holiday in 2020 will therefore move from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8. Bank holidays are a devolved issue in Scotland. A spokesman […]

Kinlochard Gathering entry form

Kinlochard Gathering entry form

The Kinlochard Gathering takes place on Sunday, July 14. This is always an enjoyable community gala day/mini Highland Games held in The Trossachs village of Kinlochard. Pipers assemble at the Forest Hills Hotel in the village and lead a parade to the games field at 11:30. The main event opens […]

Name that tune!

Name that tune!

Ahead of this Sunday’s ‘March for Men’ event in Glasgow, Wilson Brown (pictured right) is auctioning off a tune he composed for the fundraising event. As we reported last Wednesday, Wilson is undertaking a walk on Sunday to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The event takes place at Pollok […]

Painting a picture

Painting a picture

By John Dew Two weeks ago, I, along with four other piobaireachd prize winners from the recent Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition, was invited to a seminar conducted by Murray Henderson. The subject was piobaireachd performance. We arrived at 09:00 for tea and coffee and by 09:30am the tunes had started. […]

Europeans: chieftain announced

Europeans: chieftain announced

Inverness’ first female Provost has been chosen as the Chieftain for the European Pipe Band Championships. Councillor Helen Carmichael said she was honoured to be asked to fulfil the role. The competition takes place on Saturday, June 29 at the town’s Bught Park. She said: “It really is a tremendous […]

Jimmy McIntosh: my mission

Jimmy McIntosh: my mission

• From the February 2014 Piping Times Unsurpassed as a tutor, renowned on both sides of the Atlantic, let’s celebrate 70 years of piping and teaching in the company of Jimmy McIntosh What age are you now and where do you live?I am 88 years of age. I was born […]

Bob Nicol and Jimmy.

Jimmy McIntosh: part two.

From the March 2014 Piping Times. In Part 2 of his interview with the Piping Times, Jimmy McIntosh discusses piobaireachd playing, his favourite tunes and how he’d like to be remembered man What do you think of the standard of piobaireachd playing today? I have been isolated from Scottish piping […]