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David Ross’ mistimed bar / The Bitch o’ Blazes query / 2021 Set Tunes

David Ross’ mistimed bar / The Bitch o’ Blazes query / 2021 Set Tunes

Roddy Livingstone’s memories of some luminaries of the London piping scene, that appeared on Monday’s Bagpipe.News, rekindled a further memory, this time from Colin MacLellan, chairman of the Solo Piping Judges’ Association. Colin writes: “When my father [Captain John A. MacLellan MBE] won one of his Northern Meeting Clasps in […]

The acoustical environment of the highland bagpipe out of doors

The acoustical environment of the highland bagpipe out of doors

Part 1 By Alex R. Carruthers Provided that the weather is not too uncomfortable for the piper, the best place for playing the Highland bagpipe is out of doors. It is unfortunate that most pipers have to content themselves with a room in their house for practice sessions. Indoors and […]

Oban 2017. The annual march through the town to Mossfield Park for the light music competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering is led by the previous day’s winner of the Gold Medal and Silver Medal.

Oban finally cancels for 2020

The 2020 Argyllshire Gathering was formally cancelled today. It had been due to take place in Oban, Scotland over August 26 and 27. The belated announcement will surprise no one and comes exactly three months after the Northern Meeting cancelled its competitions for 2020 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. […]

Memories of London greats

Memories of London greats

Jeannie Campbell’s recent article on Owen MacNiven contained a few passages that triggered in solo piping judge, Roddy Livingstone a few memories of some of the leading lights of the London piping scene of yesteryear. He writes: “During the 25 years I was a pupil and friend of James Campbell […]

Boswell, left and Johnson.

Johnson and Boswell

By Seumas MacNeill From August to November 1773 Dr. Samuel Johnson and his disciple, Mr James Boswell, made a tour in Scotland, most of it in the Western Islands. Iain Dubh MacCrimmon was 42 years of age and living in Skye but the two travellers did not meet him. Donald […]

The prizewinners from the 2019 Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial contest.

Capt. John solos confirmed as cancelled for 2020

This year’s Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Piping Championship has been cancelled due to uncertainty over COVID-19 pandemic, Major Gordon Rowan, the Director of Army Bagpipe Music, said yesterday. The annual competition, organised by the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming in Edinburgh, Scotland, has gained in popularity […]

Lorient plans bagadoù concert / More online solo contests

Lorient plans bagadoù concert / More online solo contests

This year’s Lorient Interceltic Festival may be cancelled but its organisers are planning a live bagadoù concert. Entitled simply ‘2020 Bagpipes Celebration’, the concert will take place on the evening of August 8 at the Stade du Moustoir in the Breton town. Four leading bagad are taking part: Bagad Quimper, […]

Branko Lustig / VJ Day / PPBSO webinars

Branko Lustig / VJ Day / PPBSO webinars

We are grateful to Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM, Kirknewton, Scotland and to Bob Shlaer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the following story. Last November, Bob read an obituary that appeared in American newspaper, The Week. The deceased was Branko Lustig (87) who, as a 10-year-old Croatian Jew, had been […]

The Pipers’ Tryst: make a post-lockdown date!

The Pipers’ Tryst: make a post-lockdown date!

As lockdown restrictions are eased further in Scotland, The Pipers’ Tryst – the National Piping Centre’s quality restaurant and hotel – will re-open next Thursday (16th). A spokesman said: “In line with the Scottish Government’s latest advice, we have been busy making the necessary adjustments to the interior and to […]