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Maintenance, part 2

Maintenance, part 2

Stocks By Seumas MacNeill Having dealt with the bag situation the next obvious consideration is the state of the stocks you intend to tie on to your bag. Most people probably feel there is not much in the way of maintenance to be done on the simple five wooden tubes, […]

Stories of the Tunes – Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban

Stories of the Tunes – Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban

By Seumas MacNeill Archie MacNeill composed Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban in 1938 at a time when he was probably at his most prolific in producing tunes. That was the year of the ‘Crisis’ (which itself was responsible for the production of a tune by Willie Fergusson), the time when […]

Stories of the Tunes: Delvinside

Stories of the Tunes: Delvinside

Delvinside, according to Keith Norman MacDonald (1835-1913), is one of our finest strathspeys and also one of our older ones. It is idle to speculate as to who composed it at this time of day as it has been for so long printed anonymously. The locality of the tune has […]

Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

This lovely tune is one of the many from the pen of John – Jock – MacLellan, Dunoon. It is quite simply a beautiful 3/4 march and, like most of Jock’s compositions, stands the test of time. In 1892, MacLellan, aged 17, enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry. He saw action […]

Maintenance, part 1

Maintenance, part 1

The Bag (size and shape: the stocks: seasoning)       By Seumas MacNeill One of the most important things for a piper is the state of his bagpipe. The choosing of tunes, the ability to play well, the chance to perform for somebody’s pleasure (maybe his own), all go for nothing if […]

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

By Jeannie Campbell During that first British tour in 1904, Albert and the Kilties played for King Edward VII at Balmoral and a newspaper reporter in Dundee asked about the experience. “Yes,” he said, “the King was certainly pleased. … I piped and danced for Queen Victoria many a time. […]

Silver standards change under European law

Silver standards change under European law

This article from the April 2000 Piping Times looked at changes made to hallmark regulations as a result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice a few months previously. Read also ‘Know your hallmarks’. By Robert Wallace Anyone buying new silver-mounted pipes would do well to heed the […]

Know your hallmarks

Know your hallmarks

By John J.van OmmenKloeke So many times questions are asked about the age of hallmarked silver mounts on the pipes, that it seems wise to offer some more precise information on just how to interpret those hitherto quizzical hieroglyphs on the luxury parts of our favourite musical instrument. On close […]

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‘Eallach’ – a burdensome word

By Keith Sanger During the talk, ‘Ceol Mor and its Gaelic Definitive Terms’ given at the 1987 Piobaireachd Society Conference, a mention was made of the term ‘Eallach’ used for the double echo played on low A. Apart from confirming that the translation as “burden” given by Major General C. […]