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Reflections on the Northern Meeting, 1962

Reflections on the Northern Meeting, 1962

By Seumas MacNeill Most gatherings have an atmosphere all of their own, and none more so than Inverness. Last of the season’s contests, equal in stature with Oban, it is the final fling for pipers and enthusiasts before the winter. The Northern Meeting ballroom with its warmth, splendid acoustics, and […]

Stories of the Tunes – Road to the Isles

Stories of the Tunes – Road to the Isles

Road to the Isles was composed by John MacLellan of Dunoon in 1891 when he was a young boy of 16. However, he called it The Bens of Jura. MacLellan’s mother, Mary Darroch was born at Keils in Jura, and his father, Neil MacLellan, came from the nearby island of […]

A record of pipers and piping in The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

A record of pipers and piping in The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

(alias The King’s Own Borderers, 25th Regiment, Leven’s Regiment, The Edinburgh Regiment.) By Major C. G. Wood. On March 19, 1689, Leven’s Regiment was formed in a great hurry to protect Edinburgh against Bonnie Dundee and his Highland army. This set something of a recruiting record in that 800 men […]

The Gamack family of pipers

The Gamack family of pipers

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The 1/5 Seaforth Highlanders Welcome to France [score below] was one of many tunes featured in the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s 2014-2018 recital series, ‘Pipers and Pipe Music of the Great War.’ A “Cpl. Gamack” of the Seaforth Highlanders is credited with composing the tune, an attractive […]

Finlay Frame: A good day’s piping

Finlay Frame: A good day’s piping

It doesn’t happen very often, especially in the climate we are in at the moment, but occasionally one of these days comes along: a good day’s piping. With so little to look forward to at the moment, sometimes the motivation to practice and work is born purely out of boredom. […]

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig

This sweet tune is a favourite with most pipers. According to Donald MacDonald (in his manuscript of 1826), Lament for MacSwan of Roaig was composed on the death of the chief of this minor clan who lived in northwest Skye. Like many in the wider region, the clan was of […]

In full flow. The Clasp competition at the 2019  Northern Meeting.

Modern pitch

By Thomas Pearston The photograph of four chanters, below, is a confirmation of the rise in pitch over the past 50 years. Chanter A is a chanter from the First World War, B is about the early 1940s and C is a modern chanter as played to-day. D is a […]

The elusive appoggiatura

The elusive appoggiatura

In the spring 2000 edition of The Voice, Dr. John A. MacAskill conducted an interview with James Campbell, the son Archibald Campbell of Kilberry. When MacAskill asked him what he considered to be his greatest legacy, Campbell replied: “… I have taken pride in my contribution in the Piping Times […]

20 questions with … Craig Muirhead

20 questions with … Craig Muirhead

1. How are you these days?I am doing fine, thanks.  I think this second round of lockdown restrictions has been far more challenging and there are days when motivation is low, but in speaking to friends and colleagues, I think many people are feeling the same – it’s always nice […]