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SPSL C Grade and Open Amateur results

SPSL C Grade and Open Amateur results

UPDATED WITH THE TUNES PLAYED – The results from the recent online competition organised by the Scottish Piping Society of London (SPSL) are as follows: C GradeCeòl Mòr – 1. Luke Kennedy (Lady MacDonalds’ Lament); 2. Scott Armstrong (I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand); 3. Andrew McPhee (Isabel MacKay); […]

Alistair’s tune for the Forgotten Men / Fred’s book

Alistair’s tune for the Forgotten Men / Fred’s book

Pipe Major Alistair Duthie, formerly of The Black Watch, has composed a tune in memory of the 14th Army, the multi-national force that comprised units from the Commonwealth countries of Great Britain during the Second World War. The 14th Army – dubbed the Forgotten Army because its operations in the […]

Amazon account holders can nominate the NPC as their charity

Amazon account holders can nominate the NPC as their charity

The National Piping Centre (NPC) has partnered online shopping giant, Amazon in a new fundraising initiative. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on amazon.co.uk. The difference is that when customers shop through […]

John Dew plays Roddy’s lament for young Alex

John Dew plays Roddy’s lament for young Alex

John Dew’s Glenfiddich performance of Roddy S. MacDonald’s Lament for Alex Duncan can now be appreciated on demand. John, a recent graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree course, played Roddy’s tune at this year’s online Glenfiddich held behind closed doors in the Ballroom […]

Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

This lovely tune is one of the many from the pen of John – Jock – MacLellan, Dunoon. It is quite simply a beautiful 3/4 march and, like most of Jock’s compositions, stands the test of time. In 1892, MacLellan, aged 17, enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry. He saw action […]

Maintenance, part 1

Maintenance, part 1

The Bag (size and shape: the stocks: seasoning)       By Seumas MacNeill One of the most important things for a piper is the state of his bagpipe. The choosing of tunes, the ability to play well, the chance to perform for somebody’s pleasure (maybe his own), all go for nothing if […]

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

By Jeannie Campbell During that first British tour in 1904, Albert and the Kilties played for King Edward VII at Balmoral and a newspaper reporter in Dundee asked about the experience. “Yes,” he said, “the King was certainly pleased. … I piped and danced for Queen Victoria many a time. […]