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Famous pipers: Willie Gray

Famous pipers: Willie Gray

Willie Gray (1883-1962) was one of the major figures of early 20th century piping.  Most pipers today know his name through the well-known and ever popular 2/4 march, Pipe Major Willie Gray’s Farewell To The Glasgow Police. Composed by Pipe Major John MacDonald – Seonaidh Roidein – of South Uist […]

An en-chanting evening

An en-chanting evening

By Keith Mumby I’d like to communicate a very pleasurable experience I had recently which took me nearer the heart of the spirit of piobaireachd than anything so far to date. I was at the College [of Piping] for a couple of days’ tuition under Duncan Johnstone (my, doesn’t he […]

Famous pipe bands: Clan MacRae

Famous pipe bands: Clan MacRae

One of the truly great bands in the history of the pipe band movement was the Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band of Glasgow, Scotland. Farquhar MacRae (1859-1916) formed the band in the autumn (fall) of 1913 but he called it the City of Glasgow Pipe Band. Farquhar won the Gold […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 26

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 26

1955 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The 1955 Argyllshire Gathering was held on September 14 and 15. The judges for the Gold Medal were Col. Grant of Rothiemurchus, Maxwell MacDonald of Largie and Major David Murray. 30 entered and 23 played. For those interested in who entered and what their tunes […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 25

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 25

1953-1954 By Jeannie Campbell MBE At the beginning of 1953, in an effort to extend the season, hoteliers in Oban asked the council to hold the Argyllshire Gathering a week later. However, the stewards of the Gathering decided against altering their arrangements.Competitors for the Open Piobaireachd in 1953 were required […]

Famous pipe bands: Tullylagan

Famous pipe bands: Tullylagan

Tullylagan (Gaelic: Tulaigh Lagáin) is a small townland1 located near Cookstown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In 1923, two years after the formation of Northern Ireland, a group of men from the local Ulster Special Constabulary formed the band. The founding members donated a small amount of their wages to […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 24

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 24

1952 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1952 the newspapers reported that the Duchess of Argyll was indisposed at Inveraray Castle so the Duke was unable to attend the Gathering. There was an attendance of 600 at the ball on the first evening of the Gathering. Competitors entering the Open ceòl […]

Stuart Letford: Echoes of Oban

Stuart Letford: Echoes of Oban

Day 1The drive from my home in central Perthshire was sublime. By the time I reached Killin, the morning mist cleared and the sun shone brightly. There was not one cloud in the sky. I stopped briefly at the Green Welly Shop in Tyndrum, the quintessential ‘tea and a pee’ […]