Cameron May beat Luke Kennedy in the fourth heat of the Scots Guards Club Knockout competition yesterday, February 25.

He joins the other heat winners, Angus J. MacColl, Brodie Watson Massey and Sandy Cameron, in the semi-finals. The draw for the semis sees Brodie Watson Massey and Cameron May go head to head on March 31, and the second semi has Sandy Cameron and Angus MacColl on April 28.

The final will he held on Sunday, May 26.

The pipers are required to perform a set lasting 30 minutes. The set needs to contain one March, Strathspey and Reel and the ground of a piobaireachd. An audience vote decides the winner of each heat – although the final will include judges.

The Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh.

The heats take place at 4.00pm at the Scots Guards Club in Clifton Terrace, Haymarket (opposite the railway station) in Edinburgh. Entry is £6 and half-time pies are available.

The Knockout has been held for over a decade now and has become a feature of the piping scene in Scotland’s capital city.

The Scots Guards Club was formerly a military club but membership has for many years now been open to all.

•Cameron May playing in the Guards Club Knockout in February 2024. Photo: Dougie Watson
•Luke kennedy playing in the Guards Club Knockout in February 2024. Photo: Dougie Watson