Glenn Brown wins 2019 Donald MacDonald Cuach

Glenn Brown
Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown from Glasgow won the annual Donald MacDonald Cuach competition. His rendition of the piobaireachd Sean Chumha a Chlaidheimh (The Old Lament for the Sword) was declared the best of the evening by judge, Colin MacLellan.

Fear an Tighe, Dr. Angus MacDonald introduced the pipers and their tunes to a large and enthusiastic audience in the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale on Skye’s Sleat peninsula.

The other competitors (and their tunes) were: Callum Beaumont (The Finger Lock); Iain Speirs (The Pride of Barra); Peter McCalister (The Red Speckled Army); Finlay Johnston (Lament for the Departure of King James) and Stuart Liddell (Boisdale’s Salute).

As usual, the pipers are required to play Donald MacDonald’s settings of the tunes. These can be found in his book from 1822. These settings – and the pipers’ interpretations – give this competition its unique character.