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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’ […]

Stuart Letford: Where are we now?

Stuart Letford: Where are we now?

Well, readers. What’s up? “It’s an adverb!” I’m aware of that, thank you. What I mean is, how is the COVID-19 situation in your part of the world? From what I gather, the picture globally remains quite inconsistent yet. In some places, such as Australia, where we in Scotland had […]

Brodie Watson-Massey: The future won’t stop coming

Brodie Watson-Massey: The future won’t stop coming

It may be a cliché to say this but lockdown has been hard for everyone. Our struggles and experiences will have differed greatly but for most people reading this, the common struggle has been the lack of social gatherings that revolve around our instrument. The stoicism that the world has […]

Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

Jeannie Campbell MBE: My piping times

I became a Piping Times subscriber in 1974 although I had bought occasional copies before that whenever I was in a piping shop. I joined the College of Piping’s evening classes in 1976 after playing in a band for six years and was soon helping with the enrolment of pupils […]

Donald W. G. Lindsay: Piping on another planet, part 3

Donald W. G. Lindsay: Piping on another planet, part 3

It’s been 22 months since we set off for Ascension. In two more, all things being equal, we’ll arrive back in Scotland. It’s also eight months since I last wrote a ‘Piping on another planet’ blog for Bagpipe.News so now seems like a good time to round up our adventures […]

Keith Sanger: A sign of “the ‘Times”

Keith Sanger: A sign of “the ‘Times”

By Keith Sanger I first subscribed to the Piping Times in 1969 so it is possible to look back at the last half century of its publication, first as a reader and then as an occasional contributor. At the time I first subscribed, the attraction of the ‘PT’ was that […]

Michael Grey: Who doesn’t love a good magazine?

Michael Grey: Who doesn’t love a good magazine?

Who doesn’t love a good magazine? Colourful. shiny pages, interesting articles of easy-to-read length and pictures … lots of pretty pictures, if you’re lucky. Magazines have been printed for almost as long as the printing press has been invented. So for 500 years we’ve had the world’s cupboards, attics and […]

Burgess Hay: Reflections on Culloden, 275 years on

Burgess Hay: Reflections on Culloden, 275 years on

By Burgess Hay Today is the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. As I stand here beside, but not on, the windy moor, I find it impossible not to reflect on the winds of change that swept through highland society and through piping, in particular, in the months and […]