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Burgess Hay: Reflections on Culloden, 275 years on

Burgess Hay: Reflections on Culloden, 275 years on

By Burgess Hay Today is the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. As I stand here beside, but not on, the windy moor, I find it impossible not to reflect on the winds of change that swept through highland society and through piping, in particular, in the months and […]

A fundraising evening for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust will take place on friday at The National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Glasgow.

Pipers’ Tryst reopens / “I’ve started so I’ll finish …”

One of Glasgow’s best-known eateries reopens on April 26. The Pipers’ Tryst is the hospitality side of the National Piping Centre and has been acknowledged as a jewel in Glasgow’s culinary crown for years. It comprises an award-winning restaurant/bar and hotel. The Scottish Government last week advised that outdoor socialising […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

By Roderick D. Cannon When attempting to compare Gesto’s canntaireachd staff notation we have some helpful resources which we can call upon. There are some other written records of canntaireachd, especially one compiled by Angus MacKay consisting of short quotations of tunes. They are quite possibly from Angus’s father, but […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 2

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 2

The music of John MacCrimmon – the ‘Gesto Canntaireachd’ — Part 2 By Roderick D. Cannon We don’t know exactly when Niel MacLeod of Gesto started collecting his music or how long he spent on it. We do know, however, that the collection had taken shape by 1815, because in […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 1

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 1

The music of John MacCrimmon – the ‘Gesto Canntaireachd The 2015 College of Piping Lecture took place at the Birnam Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland in March of that year. Professor Roderick – Roddy – Cannon, who had been preparing his latest book for publication – The music of John MacCrimmon […]

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

By Stuart Letford Duncan Johnstone wasn’t really one for competitions – his 1964 victory in the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series was pretty much his only foray into solo piping contests. As he put himself, “I was never interested in whether I could beat this man or the next. I […]

Francie Markis: lone piper

Francie Markis: lone piper

In our report last week of the passing of Jock Duncan we made mention of 19th century Aberdeenshire piper, Francie Markis. In an article published in March 1990 in Common Stock, the journal of the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS), Jock unearthed information on Markis. Although the article shed […]

Donald MacDonald Cuach  moves online for 2021

Donald MacDonald Cuach moves online for 2021

The Clan Donald Lands Trust’s annual invitational ceòl mòr competition, the Donald MacDonald Cuach, will be held online this year for the first time in its 35-year history. Convenor, Dr. Angus MacDonald will host the event live from Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye, the five-star visitor attraction located in the […]