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Angus MacKay on trousers, life and God

Angus MacKay on trousers, life and God

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #68, 2014. Angus MacKay. He’ll be known, at least by name, to many of you. Born on September 10, 1813 — under the astrological sign of Virgo — on Raasay, an island off the north-west coast of Scotland, he was to become one […]

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, son of Ian and Chris Duncan, died today in hospital in Edinburgh. He was 26 years old. Alex had been in hospital for a week. Alex Duncan was a first class piper. Taught as a child by Dougie Reid, Perth and father Ian, Alex’ two biggest piping influences […]

The Arms of MacDonald: Clan Donald’s heraldic crest: 1st quarter, silver, a lion rearing red, tongue, claws and teeth bright blue; 2nd quarter, gold, a hand in armour horizontal holding a small burning cross red; 3rd quarter, Gold a one-masted galley sails furled and oars in action black, flag red; 4th quarter, green a salmon swimming horizontal in its natural state; placed over all quarters on a shield, Gold an eagle with wings spread red overlaid by a one-masted galley sails furled, oars in action black (as Chief of the Name and Arms MacDonald).

Stories of the Tunes – The Red Hand in the MacDonalds’ Arms

By Seumas MacNeill What wonderful titles people have given to piobaireachd. Apart from the long lists of laments and salutes, we have such gems as My Dearest on Earth Give me Your Kiss, and All the Men Paid Rent but Rory, as well as this Red Hand tune, and many […]

The online Silver Chanter: “Just a different kind of pressure”

The online Silver Chanter: “Just a different kind of pressure”

As we reported on Tuesday, this year’s Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition will take place behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre (NPC) and broadcast online at a later date. Last month’s Silver Chanter competition was the first major solo event to take place in a […]

I now dissociate myself from my Foreword in ‘Sidelights’

I now dissociate myself from my Foreword in ‘Sidelights’

By Lt. Col. D. J. S. Murray In the year 2000 there was published Dr William Donaldson’s seminal The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, a well written, well researched and well sourced book which one thought would have been well received by the serious piping fraternity. The contrary was the […]

NPC appoints Mulhearn as Head of Piping Studies

NPC appoints Mulhearn as Head of Piping Studies

The National Piping Centre today appointed John Mulhearn as its Head of Piping Studies. John, pictured, takes over from Finlay MacDonald who held the post for many years and who took the helm as the Glasgow-based organisation’s Director of Piping at the end of May. John Mulhearn has worked as […]

Angus MacColl competing at last month's Alasdair Gillies Memorial invitational competition, held behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre and broadcast over the internet.

Online ‘Donald MacLeod’ invitational to be held at NPC

This year’s Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition will be held behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. The eight pipers invited to take part – based on their wins on the competition circuit in the previous year – are Willie McCallum, Gordon McCready, Sarah […]

Famous pipers: PM John MacLean

Famous pipers: PM John MacLean

 By Archie MacLean My father, John MacLean, was born in the solitary house on the small tidal island of Kirkibost, North Uist, where his father, Angus, was the herdsman. My father’s birth certificate shows his birth date as April 23, 1900. There was no doctor present at the birth (not […]