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From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

Following on from the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) successful centenary night at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, today we feature an item from the December 1984 Piping Times. Angus J. MacLellan was President of the SPA back then and in that edition of the PT he wrote a report […]

Murray Henderson: ceòl mòr journey and destination

Murray Henderson: ceòl mòr journey and destination

I’d like to explore the different approaches to learning ‘appropriate’ material when starting out on the road to achieving a better understanding of Piobaireachd, our classical music. Of course, it applies to light music as well. In any endeavour, anyone wishing to reach the heights (whatever level that may be […]

SPA President, Tom Johnstone opens the evening with a selection of tunes.

SPA celebrates 100 years

The Scottish Pipers’ Association – one of the most prominent and historical piping organisations – marked its centenary in style last night at an informal evening of piping at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping. A near capacity audience were welcomed by President, Tom Johnstone […]

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod MBE has resigned from The National Piping Centre (NPC). The NPC released this statement today: “After 24 years at The National Piping Centre, Roddy MacLeod has decided to leave the organisation with effect from the end of May 2020. “As Principal and Director and co-Founder of Piping Live! […]

Campaigners James Rattray and John Neilson take local MSP John Swinney around the battlefield last summer.

Battle for Killiecrankie scheduled

A Scottish public inquiry begins in Pitlochry on Monday after campaigners in a small Perthshire community complained that the proposed dualling of a trunk road would further encroach the site of a 17th century battle of huge historical importance. The A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness is currently being […]

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton: musicians joined and hip

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton: musicians joined and hip

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton are two of the most talented all-round musicians on the planet. To know that it was the bagpipes that brought them together makes what they do even more remarkable. They started their life-long musical journey as kids in the late Gordon Duncan’s Pitlochry-based Vale of […]