Gill photographed shortly after hearing she’d won.

Gill Cairns won the 29th annual Archie Kenneth Quaich competition, held for amateur ceòl mòr players.

Held online on May 22 (video submissions recorded live using two devices), Gill played Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE’s composition, Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House from her home on the Mediterranean island of Malta. (John Morrison supported the development of young players on the Hebridean island of Lewis, including the young Donald MacLeod whom he taught for many years. Donald had great respect for the support and guidance provided by Morrison who, in fact, sponsored and accompanied Donald to his first Northern Meeting when he was 15 years of age – We hope to run an article on John Morrison soon – Editor).

The judges were Iain Speirs and Euan Anderson.


1. Gill Cairns (Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House);
2. Colin MacKenzie (Corrienessan’s Salute);
3. Giovanni Guillianini ((Lament for the Iolaire);
4. Stuart Marshall (Beloved Scotland);
5. Andrea Jones (Marquis of Argyll’s Salute).

The competition was organised and ‘stewarded’ by Peter McCallister, a member of the Piobaireachd Society’s General Committee.

The competition is organised by the Piobaireachd Society in memory of Archie Kenneth, its former Music Editor.

Further to yesterday’s announcement of the piping tribute planned to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the official guide can be downloaded by clicking on the image below. The guide will be updated each month until next June. Once pipers register their participation, their names will be added to the guide that appears the following month.