Finlay Johnston wins P.M. Donald MacLeod Memorial

Fiona MacLeod presents Finlay Johnston with the trophy.

The 26th annual P.M. Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition was won by Finlay Johnston.

Lewis and Harris Piping Society logo

The contest, held in tribute to the Lewis-born master piper and composer, took place today in the Caladh Inn, Stornoway in front of a packed house. The contest was, as ever, organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society whose Chairman, Dr. John Smith acted as fear an tighe.

Dr Angus MacDonald, John Wilson and Rona Lightfoot judged all of the events.

Ceòl Mòr
– 1. Callum Beaumont (Cabar Feidh Gu Brath); 2. Stuart Liddell (Lament for the Iolaire); 3. Iain Speirs (A Son’s Salute to his Parents); 4. Finlay Johnston (Lament for John MacDonald, Inverness).
MSR – 1. Finlay Johnston; 2. Roddy MacLeod MBE; 3. Willie McCallum; 4. Stuart Liddell.
Hornpipe & Jig – 1. Stuart Liddell; 2. Finlay Johnston; 3. Callum Beaumont; 4. Roddy MacLeod MBE.
Overall: 1. Finlay Johnston; 2. Stuart Liddell.

Finlay Johnston and Stuart Liddell
Thanks to Alistair MacLennan of Lewis & Harris Piping Society for the photographs

Also competing but not in the prizes: Glenn Brown and Dr. Peter McCalister.

The contest was broadcast live over the internet. Early indications are that a good-sized worldwide audience watched the event.

Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.