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A CLASP piper profile with Con Houlihan

A CLASP piper profile with Con Houlihan

Today’s member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers to be featured is Con Houlihan from North Cork in the famous Sliabh Luachra area of Ireland. CLASP is the National Piping Centre’s circuit of graded solo piping competitions for adult amateur pipers. More information can be found on the […]

Highlights from Jimmy McIntosh MBE Piobaireachd Workshop 2024

Highlights from Jimmy McIntosh MBE Piobaireachd Workshop 2024

Forty-eight piobaireachd enthusiasts from fourteen different U.S. states and two Canadian provinces flocked to Pittsburgh On February 9-11 for the second annual Jimmy McIntosh MBE Piobaireachd Workshop held at Carnegie Mellon University.  Students came from as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico; San Diego, California; and Calgary, Alberta.  The action-packed […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering: the 1989 competition

History of the Argyllshire Gathering: the 1989 competition

• PART 54 • BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE. In 1989 the Argyllshire Gathering reverted to two days, August 23 and 24. Entry to the Gold Medal had been expanded to include those selected on merit by the Joint Committee of the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting so the number of […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: the collateral damage of nice

Michael Grey’s Notes: the collateral damage of nice

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #86 • 2017. To be clear and direct in communicating – getting across what you really feel to your fellow person – must surely be one of the rarest of human traits. In my experience, it’s the norm for people to often do […]

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Robert Burns and the bagpipe

The national poet and the national instrument By Dr VIVIEN ESTELLE WILLIAMS With Robert Burns as the national poet of Scotland, and the bagpipe as the national instrument, it comes as no surprise that there should be a narrative connecting them. This article examines the presence of the bagpipe in […]

Black belt bagpiper takes on the HND Piping course

Black belt bagpiper takes on the HND Piping course

Ryan Wang is 18 year old student on the National Piping Centre’s HNC/D piping course and has a busy young life juggling his studies with his commitments to his pipe band, his martial art and working in his parents’ Chinese restaurant in Clydebank. He was born in Glasgow and attended St Saviour’s […]

Dan Nevans: steal this article…

Dan Nevans: steal this article…

by Dan Nevans. Piping Today #90, 2018. I feel like a lot of my articles are complaints. I sit here behind my laptop like some whingeing granny in the hairdressers, bleating on about how the world has changed and how uncomfortable I am with that concept. Because of the often cantankerous […]