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Famous pipers: Sue MacIntyre

Sue MacIntyre was born in Inverness in 1929 as Farquhar McIntosh. Her mother, who was a ward sister in the town’s Craig Dunain hospital, died before her fourth birthday so Sue was sent to a children’s home in Aberlour. Some time later she returned to Inverness to live with her […]

Music streaming: politicians call for overhaul

Music streaming: politicians call for overhaul

A six-month inquiry into music streaming has concluded that royalties should be split 50/50 between artists and record labels. Currently, in the UK, artists receive about 16%. Streaming accounts for 80% of music sales in the UK. A recent survey by the Musicians’ Union, found that in 2019, 82% of […]

Police Scotland Fife appoints Wilton as PM

Police Scotland Fife appoints Wilton as PM

David Wilton has been appointed the new Pipe Major of Grade 1 Scottish band, Police Scotland Fife. Wilton replaces Dougie Murray who stepped down a few weeks ago. Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band released the following statement today: “Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band is delighted to announce the appointment of […]

CLASP profile: Aaron Malcomb

CLASP profile: Aaron Malcomb

• Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I am from the United States, living in Washington state for the last 17 years. I got into piping as a teenager after listening to Scottish folk bands like The Tannahill Weavers and Capercaillie and got a practice chanter […]

Piping Live! to have physical – albeit reduced – audiences / Bellows mag to be fully digitised / A new look for Vale as Highland Nights return

Piping Live! to have physical – albeit reduced – audiences / Bellows mag to be fully digitised / A new look for Vale as Highland Nights return

In-person tickets are among the audience options for this year’s Piping Live! festival. The National Piping Centre (NPC) has taken the latest official advice on the Coronavirus and is able to have a reduced audience for its concerts and shows during the nine-day festival. Online ticket options remain. The ticketed […]

New app is pitch perfect / Dan’s book on track

New app is pitch perfect / Dan’s book on track

An app has been created that provides the exact pitch frequencies for the bagpipe. The app has been produced by Reel Ear, a company based in Valencia, Spain, that specialises in music education tools and courses. The company says its Mircrotone Ear Training Web App is useful for instruments that […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 19

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 19

1937-39 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1937 the balls and games of the Argyllshire Gathering were on September 15 and 16. Five clan chiefs attended the opening ball held at the Gathering Halls on the evening of the 14th. They were: Col. MacDougall of MacDougall, chief the MacDougalls; Stewart Appin, chief of […]