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Stories of the Tunes – Road to the Isles

Stories of the Tunes – Road to the Isles

Road to the Isles was composed by John MacLellan of Dunoon in 1891 when he was a young boy of 16. However, he called it The Bens of Jura. MacLellan’s mother, Mary Darroch was born at Keils in Jura, and his father, Neil MacLellan, came from the nearby island of […]

Emmet Conway marked his debut as Shotts Pipe Major with a decent run.

British Pipe Band Championships cancelled

The 2021 British Pipe Band Championships has been cancelled. The decision to cancel comes less thn one hour after the RSPBA confirmed the cancellation of the UK Pipe Band Championships. The RSPBA has released the following statement: “In line with national guidance from the Scottish Government, and after discussions with […]

UK Pipe Band Championships cancelled

UK Pipe Band Championships cancelled

As expected, the 2021 United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships has been cancelled. The RSPBA has released the following statement: “In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19), we have made the decision to cancel the 2021 United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships in Lurgan originally scheduled for Saturday 12 June. Our […]

The Gamack family of pipers

The Gamack family of pipers

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The 1/5 Seaforth Highlanders Welcome to France [score below] was one of many tunes featured in the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s 2014-2018 recital series, ‘Pipers and Pipe Music of the Great War.’ A “Cpl. Gamack” of the Seaforth Highlanders is credited with composing the tune, an attractive […]

NPC’s new video series / Hamish Nicholson / Pipes for sale

NPC’s new video series / Hamish Nicholson / Pipes for sale

The National Piping Centre has produced a series of videos with the aim of engaging young children who are at home, in lockdown, and who may wish to learning a new skill. The ten-part series takes complete beginners through the basic stages of learning to play the practice chanter. The […]

1 SCOTS Pipes & Drums ends

1 SCOTS Pipes & Drums ends

1 SCOTS (The Royal Scots Borderers) has lost its pipes and drums component. The loss leaves the Royal Regiment of Scotland with only three regimental pipes and drums. 1 SCOTS’ few remaining pipers and drummers will be dispersed according to their preferences and career management priorities. The Royal Regiment of […]

S. A. confirms no pipe band season for 2021

S. A. confirms no pipe band season for 2021

Pipe bands in South Africa have been given certainty that there will be no competition season there this year. The Pipe Bands’ Association of Southern Africa (PBASA) informed its members of this decision yesterday. In a statement, Greg Hurly, PBASA President, said: “Over the last few weeks, there has been […]

Finlay Frame: A good day’s piping

Finlay Frame: A good day’s piping

It doesn’t happen very often, especially in the climate we are in at the moment, but occasionally one of these days comes along: a good day’s piping. With so little to look forward to at the moment, sometimes the motivation to practice and work is born purely out of boredom. […]

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig

This sweet tune is a favourite with most pipers. According to Donald MacDonald (in his manuscript of 1826), Lament for MacSwan of Roaig was composed on the death of the chief of this minor clan who lived in northwest Skye. Like many in the wider region, the clan was of […]

Jimmy McIntosh fund / Kids with Cancer charity event

Jimmy McIntosh fund / Kids with Cancer charity event

A fund has been set up to help fund quality piobaireachd tuition in North America to a deserving youngster each year. The fund has been set up by the family of Jimmy McIntosh who died on February 8 at his home in South Carolina, USA. Donations to the fund should […]