Results from the Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition

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The Springbank Invitational took place at the Argyll Arms Hotel, Campbeltown, Argyllshire, on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Fred Morrison was winner of the Piobaireachd competition and Stuart Liddell was the overall winner with a first place in the MSR and a second in the Piobaireachd.

The full list of competitors was: Callum Beaumont, Alasdair Henderson, Finlay Johnston, Fred Morrison, Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, Willie McCallum and Iain Speirs. The judges were John Wilson, Robert Barnes and Willie Morrison.

All 6/8 March tunes were written by Campbeltown composers and played as part of tune up process for the piobaireachd.

6/8 March

  1. Willie McCallum – North Berwick Highland Games
  2. Angus D. MacColl – Tug Argan Gap
  3. Alasdair Henderson – The Highland Brigade Depot
  4. Finlay Johnston – Bengulion

Piobaireachd

  1. Fred Morrison – Scarce of Fishing
  2. Stuart Liddell – In Praise of Morag
  3. Callum Beaumont – The Daughter’s Lament
  4. Alasdair Henderson – The Big Spree

MSR

  1. Stuart Liddell
    Marches: Bonny Ann & John McColls March to Kilbowie Cottage; Strathspeys: Lady Louden & Glentriuim; Reels: Highlanders Institute & The Smith of Chillechasie
  2. Callum Beaumont
    Marches: The Royal Scottish Pipers Society & The Ross-Shire Volunteers; Strathspeys: Bob o’ Fettercairn & Inveraray Castle; Reels: Bessie Macintyre & Fiona MacLeod
  3. Willie McCallum
    Marches: Mrs Duncan MacFadyen & The Crags of Stirling; Strathspeys: Susan MacLeod & Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch; Reels: Roddy MacDonalds Fancy & Lt Col DJS Murray
  4. Alasdair Henderson
    Marches: Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Rothesay & Colonel MacLean of Ardgour; Strathspeys: The Ewe wi’ the Crooked Horn & The Piper’s Bonnet; Reels: Sandy Cameron & Drumlithie

Hornpipe/Jig

  1. Stuart Liddell
    Ноrnріре: Raigmore; Jig: The Cannister
  2. Willie McCallum
    Ноrnріре: Dr MacInnes’ Fancy; Jig: Brae Riach
  3. Callum Beaumont
    Hornpipe: Donald MacLeod; Jig: Dunrovin Farm
  4. Finlay Johnston
    Hornpipe: Joe McGann’s Fiddle; Jig: The old wife of the mill dust

•Stuart Liddell in the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital which he won at Piping Live! 2023.

Tunes played at the Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition 2023

Angus MacColl’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – Tug Argan Gap
  • Piobaireachd – The Red Speckled Bull
  • Marches – Cowal Gathering & Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque
  • Strathspeys – Shepherds Crook & Caledonian Society of London
  • Reels – Mrs MacPherson of Inveran & Alick C MacGregor 
  • Ноrnріре – Redondo Beach
  • Jig – Lochaber 2000

Willie McCallum’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – North Berwick Highland Games
  • Piobaireachd – Lachlan MacNeil Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy
  • Marches – Mrs Duncan MacFadyen & The Crags of Stirling
  • Strathspeys – Susan MacLeod & Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch
  • Reels – Roddy MacDonalds Fancy & Lt Col DJS Murray
  • Ноrnріре – Dr MacInnes’ Fancy 
  • Jig – Brae Riach

lain Speirs’ Tunes

  • 6/8 March – Hamish Colville
  • Piobaireachd – The Edinburgh Piobaireachd
  • Marches – The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest & P/M J MacWilliams
  • Strathspeys – Tulloch Castle & The Top of Craigvenow
  • Reels – Loch Carson & The Grey Bob
  • Hornpipe – Arthur Gilles
  • Jig – Whatever, Moreover

Stuart Liddell’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – Margaret C Hay
  • Piobaireachd – In Praise of Morag
  • Marches – Bonny Ann & John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage
  • Strathspeys – Lady Louden & Glentriuim
  • Reels – Highlanders Institute & The Smith of Chillechasie
  • Ноrnріре – Raigmore
  • Jig – The Cannister

Finlay Johnston’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – Bengulion
  • Piobaireachd – Lament for the Union
  • Marches – Major Manson at Clachantrushal & Mrs John MacColl
  • Strathspeys – Cat Lodge & Maggie Cameron
  • Reels – Thompson’s Dirk & Alick Cameron, Champion Piper
  • Hornpipe – Joe McGann’s Fiddle
  • Jig – The old wife of the mill dust

Alasdair Henderson’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – The Highland Brigade Depot
  • Piobaireachd – The Big Spree
  • Marches – Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Rothesay & Colonel MacLean of Ardgour
  • Strathspeys – The Ewe wi’ the Crooked Horn & The Piper’s Bonnet
  • Reels – Sandy Cameron & Drumlithie
  • Hornpipe – Hazel Thompson
  • Jig – Chloe’s Passion

Callum Beaumont’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – Pipe Major Ronnie McCallum (Campbeltown)
  • Piobaireachd – The Daughter’s Lament
  • Marches – The Royal Scottish Pipers Society & The Ross-Shire Volunteers
  • Strathspeys – Bob o’ Fettercairn & Inveraray Castle
  • Reels – Bessie Macintyre & Fiona MacLeod
  • Ноrnріре – Donald MacLeod
  • Jig – Dunrovin Farm

Fred Morrison’s Tunes

  • 6/8 March – The Judge’s Fancy
  • Piobaireachd – Scarce of Fishing
  • Marches – Inveran & MacLean of Pennycross
  • Strathspeys – Tulloch Gorm & John Roy Stuart
  • Reels – Charlie’s Welcome & The Cockerel in the Creel
  • Hornpipe – Kyle Howie’s
  • Jig – Brendan Murphy’s