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CPA online B Grade results / Kyle Warren book winner

CPA online B Grade results / Kyle Warren book winner

Competitors from seven different countries entered the Competing Pipers’ Association’s (CPA), recent online B Grade competition. The results are: B Grade Piobaireachd (29 competed) – 1. Bobby Durning (The Rout of Glen Fruin); 2. Fraser Allison (MacNeill of Barra’s March); 3. Teddy Krogh (Nameless, Dro O Dro); 4. Gwenael Dage […]

Iain Speirs, last year's winner of the Silver Chanter. Photo: Derek Maxwell/Wm Grant Foundation.

Tommy Johnston’s funeral / the 54th Silver Chanter

The funeral of Tommy Johnston will take place on Wednesday, August 12 at Dalnottar Crematorium in Clydebank near Glasgow at 11.30am. Due to restrictions placed on gatherings in Scotland as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, numbers are restricted to 20 people. Therefore, only Tommy’s family will be attendance although […]

In full flow. The Clasp competition at the 2019  Northern Meeting.

Tunes and competition pìobaireachd

By A. G. Kenneth In these days it seems that in the topmost ranks of competitive pìobaireachd playing, our leading competing pipers get little or no encouragement to play the shorter, lighter tunes in competition. Is this really desirable? The argument usually deployed against such a proposal is on the […]

Tex Geddes, Soay.

Online Lewis and Harris junior contest a great success / Tex Geddes

The first virtual version of the Lewis and Harris Piping Society’s annual competition for junior players has been hailed a great success, with the online format appearing to enable a big increase in participation from pipers from the southern part of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in particular. A total of 102 players […]

London postponed; C Grade online for 2020

London postponed; C Grade online for 2020

The annual London Competition has been postponed until next March, the Scottish Piping Society of London (SPSL) said today. However, an online CPA C Grade competition and and SPSL Members’ competition will go ahead on what would have been the weekend of the annual competition, November 7. SPSL President, Michael […]

Gandys overall ‘at’ Aboyne

Gandys overall ‘at’ Aboyne

The result of the online Aboyne Highland Games piping contests saw father and son, Bruce and Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, take the first and second overall spots. Pipe Major Ben Duncan of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was awarded third place overall. Held online due to the coronavirus […]

My father the bagpiper, part 8

My father the bagpiper, part 8

Concluding the story of James MacHardy, piper to Queen Victoria from 1878 until 1881, by his daughter, Mrs Edith Paterson. The 1938 Lonach was handicapped as so many have been since by cold, damp weather. Father took his place in the March of the Clansmen from Colquhonnie to the games […]

MacGregor finalists announced

MacGregor finalists announced

The eight pipers going through to the final of the MacGregor Memorial are: Ross Conner, Campbeltown;Luke Kennedy, Strathaven;Liam MacDonald, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada;Angus MacPhee, Inverness;Henry Paluch, Aorora, Ontario, CanadaAnna Smart, Dunfermline;Hazel Whyte, Larkhall;Campbell Wilson. Christchurch, New Zealand. Judges, Bill Livingstone and Stuart Samson MBE completed their adjudicating this weekend and reported […]