Features

18th century heirloom in TNPC museum

18th century heirloom in TNPC museum

Bagpipe.news was recently contacted by Mr Norman Welz of Baden-Baden, Germany, to tell us about the story of his historic pipes and thought it would be of interest to our readers. Norman donated his family heirloom to the College of Piping in 2012 and the instrument has since been transferred […]

Arthur Campbell R.N. of Glendaruel

Arthur Campbell R.N. of Glendaruel

by TABBY ANGIER Arthur Campbell, who now lives in Blairgowrie and is in his nineties, is perhaps the only Royal Navy survivor of the Korean War who played pipes on board ship. His ship, HMS Black Swan, was the first ship to arrive in Korea to protect the troops. Arthur […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 39

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 39

1974 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE This year there was a change in the rules for the major competitions. Competitors in the Open event at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Clasp at the Northern Meeting were required to submit six tunes from this list of twelve: Craigellachie, Lament for Colin Roy […]

Supernatural sound of the pipes

Supernatural sound of the pipes

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #69, 2014. There’s one thing I know: it was the sound of the bagpipe that attracted me, that made me want to find any damned way I could to learn to play the instrument. Haunting, stirring, soulful, inspiring, soothing, ethereal; bagpipe music touched […]

Andrew Pitkeathly: a great piper and a great person

Andrew Pitkeathly: a great piper and a great person

By MARK MacKENZIE Graham Adams’ recent article on Bagpipe.news brought back to me my own memories of Andrew Pitkeathly. As Graham mentioned in his piece, I stayed in Scotland for 12 months from November 1989 to November 1990 and received tuition from Andrew during that time. Graham was my first […]

Ailis Sutherland: Highland piper, trad musician, tutor and composer

Ailis Sutherland: Highland piper, trad musician, tutor and composer

Ailis Sutherland is a very busy instructor at The National Piping Centre. She teaches all levels of player on Highland pipes, bellows pipes and whistle. This includes students on the University of Glasgow Study Abroad programme, the bellows pipes as part of the Specialist Evening Class programme, and First Study Piping […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Angus Mackay on trousers, life and God

Michael Grey’s Notes: Angus Mackay on trousers, life and God

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #68, 2013. Angus Mackay.  He’ll be known, at least by name, to many of you. Born on September 10, 1813 — under the astrological sign of Virgo — on Raasay, an island off the north-west coast of Scotland, he was to become one […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 38

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 38

1973 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In September 1972, under the headline ‘Girl Pipers to Breach Male Stronghold’, The Press and Journal had this: “Two girls will challenge a men-only bastion when they enter one of the top piping competitions at the National Mòd in Inverness on October 7. And the […]

Memories of the Eagle Pipers’ contest

Memories of the Eagle Pipers’ contest

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The recent article about the Eagle Pipers gave only a brief mention to the Open competitions run by the Society. For me, and perhaps for others, my only contact with the Eagle Pipers came from attending the annual competition, which at the time was one of […]

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

In the second part of the 2017 College of Piping Lecture, ALAN FORBES talked about the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. At the start of Alan’s presentation, the audience was treated to a performance of Roddy Campbell’s Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society by Andrew Frater, Robert Frater and John Frater. The Scottish […]