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Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

I became a Piping Times subscriber in 1974 although I had bought occasional copies before that whenever I was in a piping shop. I joined the College of Piping’s evening classes in 1976 after playing in a band for six years and was soon helping with the enrolment of pupils […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

The first lessons MacLeod and I had from Roderick Fraser were often interrupted when he would send us into Helensburgh for a jar of beer, which he would consume with a pot of potatoes and salt herring boiled together, and being fortified with this he would then proceed to play […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Archie MacNeill (1879-1962), is probably best known as the composer of Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban, The Detroit Highlanders, David Ross of Rosehall and a few other great tunes that have stood the test of time. Archie, though, was an important figure in piping and, in fact, could be regarded […]

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Three Orkney businesses all contributed to bringing you this very well presented book: The Orkney Brewery, Sheila Fleet Jewellery and The Brig Larder restaurant. I suppose that’s a sign of the character of this collection as a whole. To me, the central themes that radiate from this collection are Family, […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

By Jeannie Campbell 1923-1925 In 1923 the Games and Balls were held on September 12 and 13. The opening day was showery and the ground was not in particularly good condition, but there was a large crowd of people present, including the Duke of Argyll, the President of the Gathering. […]

Piping Live! 2021 launched

Piping Live! 2021 launched

This year’s Piping Live! festival was launched today in Glasgow, Scotland. The festival will take place over nine days between August 7-15, 2021. Like last year’s festival, this year’s programme will be online, in response to current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines. However, if restrictions allow by August, a live audience […]