Features

Hygiene is to the fore more than ever.

Your set and your health

With many events falling victim to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all monitoring the guidelines from our respective governments around the world. Our chosen is just that: a hobby. Some take it more serious than others but it’s still a hobby. As The National Piping Centre advised on […]

How women gained equal status in the professional piping world – part 2

How women gained equal status in the professional piping world – part 2

By Jeannie Campbell MBE At a piping competition in the early 1950s, Catriona Campbell (now Catriona Garbutt), was awarded third prize, playing against male competitors. She was pictured, below, with the judge, Seumas MacNeill. It is interesting to note that in the days before the advent of the Ladies’ pipe […]

Stuart Letford: Take a leaf out of my book

Stuart Letford: Take a leaf out of my book

“Libraries gave us power” – A Design For Life, 1996, Manic Street Preachers. Today is the 23rd World Book Day. It’s a day designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. It will be marked in over 100 countries and unlike some of these types of marketing […]

An unlikely piobaireachd story

An unlikely piobaireachd story

A common fun aspect to seasonal piping schools is asking youngsters to write a short story based around tune titles. Here is one such story written by Muriel Clayton and published in the April 1980 edition of The International Piper. Her story uses a number of piobaireachd titles and was […]

I too, am proud to be a piper

I too, am proud to be a piper

By Elizabeth B. Somerville, Edinburgh This article originally appeared in the December 1984 Piping Times. I was seven years of age when I went for my first piping lesson from Pipe Major James Sutherland, late of the 2nd Batallion Seaforth Highlanders. I didn’t learn much in the first few weeks […]

Tribute to P.M. William MacLean from a pupil

William MacLean (1876–1957) was born in Tobermory, Isle of Mull to Raasay parents. He was a pupil of Calum Piobaire and won all the major prizes of the early 1900s. William became Pipe Major of The 5th Cameron (Lochiel) Highlanders during the First World War. He is an important link […]

The Uist & Barra of 1978

The Uist & Barra of 1978

With the 2020 invitational solo piping competition organised by The Glasgow Uist and Barra Association coming up on March 7 at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, we found the following critique from the 1978 competition interesting. Competing that day were many who have become some of our leading judges […]

Understanding the pipe bag

Understanding the pipe bag

This article, first published in the International Piper, discusses the various properties of a skin bag that the piper should be aware of. By Captain John A. MacLellan Climatic conditions often have a greater effect on the general condition of pipe bags than the material of which they are made. […]

The bagadoù of Brittany

The bagadoù of Brittany

By Hugh Cheape We in Scotland might sometimes be criticised for regarding our own piping tradition genre. Participation in the Festival Interceltique in Lorient in Brittany in August enabled three Scottish t bands to experience the vitality, skill, and enthusiasm of a different but related tradition of the bagpipe family […]