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Big Ben chimes inspire new 3/4

Big Ben chimes inspire new 3/4

Inspiration comes from many places. For G. S. MacLennan, for exampe, it was a dripping tap that inspired him to create The Little Cascade. For Donald MacLeod, it was seemingly the sound of some pipers throwing up on a bus returning from a pipe band competition that lay behind his […]

Memories of Andrew Pitkeathly / MacDougall Trophy found

Memories of Andrew Pitkeathly / MacDougall Trophy found

After last week’s post on Andrew Pitkeathly appeared, we were contacted by quite a number of readers who wrote of their fond memories of this unassuming piping legend. One of them, Graham Adams from Australia, was a pupil of Andrew’s father, Bob for many years and he came to know […]

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

The altpibroch website, which has lain dormant since the death of ceòl mòr scholar J. David Hester, has been rebranded and relaunched as The Pibroch Network. The website curates a network of digital resources devoted to the learning, teaching, performance and wider public appreciation of pibroch. Known as The Alt […]

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 […]

Prizewinners at last year's Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition flanked by Duncan's two sons.

Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition is on and in person

This year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition will go ahead in person on Saturday, March 12, This popular competition is run jointly by the Competing Pipers’ Association (CPA) and the National Piping Centre. B Grade contests will be held at The National Piping Centre’s campus in McPhater Street while C […]

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

The 2017 College of Piping Lecture, held at the Birnam Hotel on the night before that year’s Piobaireachd Society conference, considered the role and relevance of piping organisations today. Two case studies – both based in Edinburgh, Scotland – were selected. Alan Forbes of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society spoke […]

The real story behind The Black Mill

The real story behind The Black Mill

By Alastair MacMillan One of the features I enjoy reading on Bagpipe.news is the Stories of the Tunes series. One article that took my eye recently was the one about the reel, The Black Mill – or Muillean Dubh in Gaelic – a two-part reel that remains popular with pipers. […]

Celtic Connections to run ‘hybrid’ online festival

Celtic Connections to run ‘hybrid’ online festival

Celtic Connections intends to run a ‘hybrid’ online version of the festival. The news comes one week after the festival was forced to cancel most of its in-person shows due to ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 safety measures in Scotland. A new programme will be published next week. Performances will be […]