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Prizewinners at last year's Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition flanked by Duncan's two sons.

Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition is on and in person

This year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition will go ahead in person on Saturday, March 12, This popular competition is run jointly by the Competing Pipers’ Association (CPA) and the National Piping Centre. B Grade contests will be held at The National Piping Centre’s campus in McPhater Street while C […]

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

The 2017 College of Piping Lecture, held at the Birnam Hotel on the night before that year’s Piobaireachd Society conference, considered the role and relevance of piping organisations today. Two case studies – both based in Edinburgh, Scotland – were selected. Alan Forbes of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society spoke […]

The real story behind The Black Mill

The real story behind The Black Mill

By Alastair MacMillan One of the features I enjoy reading on Bagpipe.news is the Stories of the Tunes series. One article that took my eye recently was the one about the reel, The Black Mill – or Muillean Dubh in Gaelic – a two-part reel that remains popular with pipers. […]

Celtic Connections to run ‘hybrid’ online festival

Celtic Connections to run ‘hybrid’ online festival

Celtic Connections intends to run a ‘hybrid’ online version of the festival. The news comes one week after the festival was forced to cancel most of its in-person shows due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 safety measures in Scotland. A new programme will be published next week. Performances will be […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 37

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 37

1972 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1972 the set tunes for the Open and Clasp were Mrs MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute, My Dearest on Earth Give me your Kiss, The Lament for the Union, MacNeil of Barra’s March, MacKenzie of Gairloch’s Lament and The Red Speckled Bull. Competitors were required […]

CLASP profile: Peter Allen

CLASP profile: Peter Allen

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I am from the USA. I got into piping while living in the UK. I was bored with guitar, and always loved the pipes. There was a teacher close by, so it made it doable. Now I live in Thailand. […]

Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, 1932-2022

Norman Matheson, the well known piper and piping judge, died in hospital in Aberdeen on Monday. He was 89 and had been ill for some time. Matheson, who was a surgeon by profession, was born in Inverness but lived in Aberdeenshire for much of his life. He also had family […]

Famous pipers: Andrew Pitkeathly

Famous pipers: Andrew Pitkeathly

When it comes to conversations about great pipers, Andrew Pitkeathly is sometimes overlooked, particularly by younger pipers today. A military man, he had modest competitive success: he won the Gold Medal at the 1949 Northern Meeting when a young Corporal, the same year in which he joined the Pipe Majors’ […]