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Bob Shepherd: a remarkable legacy

Bob Shepherd: a remarkable legacy

Bob Shepherd’s funeral took place on Tuesday in Kirkcaldy, Fife. The crematorium was, as expected, packed with many having to stand at the back of the hall.  A mini band comprising some leading names – and some contemporaries – from the pipe band world played as the cortege approached. Fittingly, […]

Bearskin hats and pristine spats

Bearskin hats and pristine spats

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #62, 2013. I was at lunch with a work friend the other day when the subject came up:  just how old is the general public’s idea of the stereotypical pipe band? You know, Scotland the Brave, Black Bear, Green Hills and yards and […]

Niven photograph identification

Niven photograph identification

We received quite a number of responses to the photograph that appeared on bagpipe.news recently showing the legendary actor David Niven dancing as a group of six pipers played. It seems the photograph was taken in 1947, around the time when the Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service following […]

Malin Lewis and Jarlath Henderson.

Diary: Cowal/Bob Shepherd/Celtic Connections/John Wilson

Cowal Highland Gathering may not be the piping and pipe band event it once was but its organisers are celebrating winning a leading tourism prize. Cowal has just been awarded the Best Cultural Event or Festival title at last weekend’s The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Cowal beat the HebCelt […]

Exploring Donald MacDonald’s ceòl mòr

Exploring Donald MacDonald’s ceòl mòr

• From the Autumn 1998 edition of Notes At the 1998 Donald MacDonald Cuach invitational competition at the Clan Donald Centre on Skye, Roddy MacLeod, piping director of The Piping Centre, was a spectator rather than, as in the past, a competitor. He took the opportunity to speak with Colonel […]

North of Scotland solos

North of Scotland solos

The RSPBA’s North of Scotland held its annual solo competitions yesterday at The Gordon Schools in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The results are: PIPING: Ceòl MòrOpen – 1. Jeffery Lawson.15 Years & Under – 1. Jake Robertson. 18 Years & Over Hornpipe – Jeffery Lawson; 2. Scott Oliphant; 3. Owen Chalmers.March – 1. Scott Oliphant; […]

16 questions with Finlay Johnston

16 questions with Finlay Johnston

Bagpipe.news caught up with Finlay Johnston shortly after his second Glenfiddich win last weekend. 1. You travel quite a bit. Is there anything you can’t leave home without?My pipes, my phone and headphones and maybe some paracetamol for the hangovers. 2. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?Bird saliva on […]

The pipe and drink

The pipe and drink

About 1955, Col. J.P. Grant of Rothiemurchus, then one of the most important and influential men in piping, wrote the following letter, presumably for the Piping Times, but apparently decided not to send it. Thanks to the late James Campbell, it was published in the Piping Times of September 1985. […]

What have the Romans ever done for us…?

What have the Romans ever done for us…?

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #61, 2012. The pipes, and maybe along with the accordion, are the poor bullied souls of the music world.  So often the butt of jokes, especially in the world of “classical” music — and, by the way, that’s only from my own experience. […]