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Bill Livingstone: not the singer but the song

Bill Livingstone: not the singer but the song

PIOBAIREACHD TUITION by Bill Livingstone Piping Today #98, 2019. I once was judging a piobaireachd competition with the great John MacDougall and a piper performing before us had finished his tune. It had no errors, the pipe was fine, technique fine, but John turned to me and said: “Bill, I’m […]

It’s a kilt Jim, but not as we know it

It’s a kilt Jim, but not as we know it

When you put on a kilt you are making a statement: creating an identity for yourself, or at the very least – like to believe you look smart in it no matter what age you are. I interviewed Scotland’s most radical kilt designer, Howie Nicholsby, to get his take on […]

Ninety years old and still piping strong

Ninety years old and still piping strong

Jackie Bogan is now a young 90-year-old, and still playing regularly with the Northampton Pipe Band.  Chatting with him was like catching a glimpse of history, with names of piping legends and a time when life was very different to the one we live today. Born in Greenock in 1931, […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 40

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 40

1975 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE Competitors in the Open and Clasp competitions in 1975 were required to submit four tunes from this list of six: The Battle of Glensheil, The Sister’s Lament, Nameless, Hihio-tro tro, The  Park  Piobaireachd  No. 1, The  Old Woman’s Lullaby and Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor. For […]

Somerled MacDonald’s antique prize chanter

Somerled MacDonald’s antique prize chanter

Bagpipe.news was recently contacted by Clive Douglas after reading our article written by Alan Forbes on Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, which can be found here. Clive spotted the name of Somerled MacDonald in the article, and he thought he should share photos of a prize chanter which he owns which […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Seven deadly sins

Michael Grey’s Notes: Seven deadly sins

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #70, 2014. One of the people I teach, a young guy, about 17, is mad as hell about piping. He eats it up. Loves the tunes, loves to play. He’s crazy about piping — a lot like you maybe. I can tell you […]

Kyle Shead in the Duncan Johnstone 2022 C Grade Jig competition

Faces from the Duncan Johnstone 2022

These photos are some of the pipers from the Duncan Johnstone Memorial C Grade Jig competition in The National Piping Centre Auditorium on Saturday, March 12. Kyle Shead won the C Grade Jig and the new trophy – The Roddy MacLeod Trophy for Jig Playing.  This was the first year […]

Patience of the Saints: Terry Tully 2009

Patience of the Saints: Terry Tully 2009

It has been said in the past, and I still believe in the old saying, that ‘you have to serve your time in Grade 1’.  I think that we have done that.  More than any band on this planet, we have served our time. Pipe Major Terry Tully 2009 Terry […]

Making real progress with online tuition

Making real progress with online tuition

Learning to play the pipes at any age is a challenge, and there is accepted wisdom that the older you start, the harder it becomes with fingers that are not as nimble and quick to move. But what if you lived in Leatherhead, Surrey, were retired, had lots of time […]

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 […]