Stuart Liddell of Inveraray was the overall winner at the Argyllshire Gathering’s invitational solo piping competition, held today as part of the Gathering’s 150th anniversary.
Liddell was placed first in the Piobaireachd and third in the March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR).
A Medley competition was held for the first time but this did not count towards the overall result. Liddell won the Medley.
Piobaireachd – 1. Stuart Liddell (In Praise of Morag); Alisdair Henderson (Battle of Auldearn, No. 2); 3. Finlay Johnston (Lament for the Children).
MSR – 1. Angus MacColl; 2. Willie McCallum; 3. Stuart Liddell.
Medley: 1. Stuart Liddell; 2. Sarah Muir; 3. Willie McCallum.
The Piobaireachd judges were Colin MacLellan, Ian MacFadyen and Dr. Angus MacDonald. Ian Duncan, John Wilson and Barry Donaldson adjudicated the MSR. Ian Duncan, Dr. Angus MacDonald and Barry Donaldson the judged the Medley.
The six invited pipers all had a connection with Argyll. They, their Argyll connections and the tunes they played in the Piobaireachd, were: Angus MacColl, Benderloch (I Gave A Kiss to the King’s Hand); Finlay Johnston, Isle of Tiree (Lament for the Children); Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon (Battle of Auldearn, No. 2); Stuart Liddell, Inveraray (In Praise of Morag); Sarah Muir, Campbeltown (The Old Men of the Shells)); Jamie Forrester, Isle of Mull (The Earl of Ross’s March); Willie McCallum, Campbeltown (Lament for Lachlan MacNeill of Kintarbert’s Fancy).
The competition took place in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall in Breadalbane Street which are located a few minutes’ walk from the Corran Halls, the usual venue for the piping competitions that are held on the first day of this two-day event.
Tomorrow, Day Two, sees Oban Games take place at its usual venue, Mossfield Park. The March to the Games (the March of the Stewards to give it its official title) is scheduled to leave Station Square at 10:30. The competing pipers will led the march with Willie McCallum assuming the Pipe Major’s position. They will be joined by Oban High School Pipe Band.
The placings this year do not count for gradings. We will bring you the results as we have them.