Callum Beaumont in action at last night's SPA Knockout heat.
Callum Beaumont in action at last night’s SPA Knockout heat.

Callum Beaumont goes through to the next round of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series. In what was another narrow result in this current series, the Bo’ness piper prevailed over Cameron MacDougall last night at The National Piping Centre Otago Street.

Beaumont showed no signs of tiredness after journeying down from Skye where he was competing in the Donald MacDonald Cuach the night before. Having won the toss he elected to play second.

First up, therefore, was Cameron MacDougall who played a selection of varied light music with the ground of the Old Men of the Shells in the middle.

SPA President, Tom Johnstone announces the winner.
SPA President, Tom Johnstone announces the winner.

Beaumont played after the interval and was on the top of his game. His set included Donald MacLeod’s short p├Čobaireachd Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Salute. He also played an interesting Breton piece which he morphed into G. S. MacLennan’s classic reel, The Little Cascade. He joins the winner from Heat 1, Stuart Liddell, in going through to the next round.

The third heat takes place at Otago Street on the evening of Saturday, September 7 between Steven Leask and Sarah Muir (the SPA’s annual Juvenile competition takes place earlier in the day).