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Pipe Band retro pictorial: World Pipe Band Championships 2013

Pipe Band retro pictorial: World Pipe Band Championships 2013

Happy New Year and all the best for 2024 to the piping community all over the World! Today we look back to photos from the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green in August 2013.  It was the first time the Worlds was held over two days, and there is a […]

Pipe Band retro pictorial: British Pipe Band Championships 2013

Pipe Band retro pictorial: British Pipe Band Championships 2013

It’s Hogmanay 2023, and this year will be fondly remembered by the guys and gals of Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band as they won their first ever Grade 1 Worlds, and it was a pleasure to be there and watch them celebrate with wild abandon. But for the […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: damn you short attention spans

Michael Grey’s Notes: damn you short attention spans

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #85 • 2017. It was the moon on nights like this, it was nights like this, it was the wind as it pawed at you or cried as it approached, the sound of the river, the clotted stars against the dark sky, the […]

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part four

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part four

September of 1923 was an eventful month for piping. The King and Queen attended the Braemar Gathering and lords, ladies and gentlemen turned out in their finery at the Aboyne Games. The senior competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering were contested by Robert Reid, GS McLennan and Willie Ross and produced […]

The Piper’s House: the musical heritage of the Mackays of Raasay

The Piper’s House: the musical heritage of the Mackays of Raasay

PART TWO of Taigh a’ Phìobaire • By HUGH CHEAPE and DECKER FORREST • Piping Today 2010 The Piper’s House and Raasay tradition was the starting point for our exploration of the piping heritage of the Mackays of Raasay. It is immediately evident that the picture can be richly filled out […]

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part three

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part three

The third part of Jeannie Campbell’s 1923 retrospective gives the lists of bands at the Cowal Games and all the solo and pipe band results from the competitions in August. The solo results has GS McLennan, John MacDonald of Inverness, PM Willie Ross and Robert Reid featuring in the prize […]

John Mulhearn in The Pipe Factory at Celtic Connections 2024

John Mulhearn in The Pipe Factory at Celtic Connections 2024

John Mulhearn is Head of Piping Studies on the BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree run by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and delivered by The National Piping Centre, and his day is filled with admin, teaching and lecturing the students on the course. He grew up as a solo […]

Fifty year-old editorial on conducting a pipe band

Fifty year-old editorial on conducting a pipe band

Every so often we hear suggestions about opening the pipe band competition circle to make it more audience friendly. This Piping Times editorial from Seumas MacNeill shows it was being discussed 50 years ago along with an even more radical suggestion of adding a conductor to the performance! By SEUMAS […]

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part two

Piping 100 years ago: 1923 part two

The second part of Jeannie Campbell’s 1923 retrospective looks at the early summer months and finds reports on pipe band competitions and solo piping results from around the Games. There are also reports on two pipe bands from Inveraray; PM Willie Ross’s three-week visit to South Uist for piping tuition […]