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Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

In the second part of the 2017 College of Piping Lecture, ALAN FORBES talked about the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. At the start of Alan’s presentation, the audience was treated to a performance of Roddy Campbell’s Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society by Andrew Frater, Robert Frater and John Frater. The Scottish […]

Piping in London – Part 8

Piping in London – Part 8

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The Book of the Club of True Highlanders was published in 1881 by subscription. The author was the Chieftain of the Club, Charles McIntyre North. He was an Anglo Scot, born about 1838. His birthplace is unknown but he grew up in the south of England. […]

The real story behind The Black Mill

The real story behind The Black Mill

By Alastair MacMillan One of the features I enjoy reading on Bagpipe.news is the Stories of the Tunes series. One article that took my eye recently was the one about the reel, The Black Mill – or Muillean Dubh in Gaelic – a two-part reel that remains popular with pipers. […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 37

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 37

1972 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1972 the set tunes for the Open and Clasp were Mrs MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute, My Dearest on Earth Give me your Kiss, The Lament for the Union, MacNeil of Barra’s March, MacKenzie of Gairloch’s Lament and The Red Speckled Bull. Competitors were required […]

Famous pipers: Andrew Pitkeathly

Famous pipers: Andrew Pitkeathly

When it comes to conversations about great pipers, Andrew Pitkeathly is sometimes overlooked, particularly by younger pipers today. A military man, he had modest competitive success: he won the Gold Medal at the 1949 Northern Meeting when a young Corporal, the same year in which he joined the Pipe Majors’ […]

Piping in London – Part 8

Piping in London – Part 8

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1877 the Club of True Highlanders held its shinty matches and other sports at the racecourse of the Alexandra Palace company, where it had been held for the previous two years. The Club’s annual gathering took place in July the following year there, too. However, […]

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

By ANDRA NOBLE Roderick – Roddy – Sutherland Ross, who died in Grimsby, Lincolnshire on August 13, 2016, aged 95, was a well known name in piping. He was a noted piper and author of Binneas is Boreraig, the acclaimed six-volume work on the piping of Malcolm Macpherson. Roddy, pictured […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

1970-1971 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1970, the Gathering took place on August 26-27. The set tunes for the Open and Clasp competitions were The Big Spree (including tripling and Crunluath variations), Lord Lovat’s Lament, Craigellachie, Nameless (Hiharin Odin Hiharin Dro), Clanranald’s Salute and The Prince’s Salute. Four were to […]

Stuart Letford: Mind your language

Stuart Letford: Mind your language

It was, was it not, pleasing to learn that the Irish language – Irish Gaelic – has received full status as an official language of the European Union? What a tremendous boost for the language of that fine country. Language is the principal method of human communication and this time […]

Piping in London – Part 7

Piping in London – Part 7

1873-76 By Jeannie Campbell MBE After the success of the Highland Gatherings of 1871 and the Scottish Fete of 1872, another gathering was planned for 1873. It took place on Saturday, June 28 at Alexandra Park, with upwards of 10,000 people present. The proceedings commenced at one o’clock with a […]