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PT Annual launch party / NYPBoS at King Tut’s climate shindig

PT Annual launch party / NYPBoS at King Tut’s climate shindig

Some of the world’s leading pipers have been lined up to perform at the launch of the inaugural Piping Times Annual next month. The launch party will take place at the National Piping Centre on Friday, November 26 from 7.30pm. Confirmed so far are four-time Glenfiddich champion, Angus MacColl, a […]

Vintage prizes donated / Mòd on the march to Perth / Fraser Fifield recording

Vintage prizes donated / Mòd on the march to Perth / Fraser Fifield recording

Two interesting prizes awarded to two brothers at Victorian-era Northern Meetings have been donated to the trustees of the Inverness-based piping competition. The prizes are snuff mills, one presented to Duncan Ross for the “third best performance on the Great Highland Bagpipes” at the 1862 Northern Meeting, and the other […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 28

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 28

1958-1959 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The ten tunes set for the Open competition in 1958 were The Battle of the Pass of Crieff, Lament for Donald Bàn MacCrimmon, Donald Gruamach’s March, The Earl of Antrim’s Lament, Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute, Scarce of Fishing, Colin Roy MacKenzie’s Lament, The Park Piobaireachd, […]

Historic former MacDonald clan seat restored

Historic former MacDonald clan seat restored

Monkstadt House in north Skye, once the seat of the island’s powerful Clan Donald, has been fully restored to its former glory. Skye builder, James MacQueen purchased the historic 18th century building and spent three years working on it. Monkstadt House became the seat of the Clan Donald in 1732 […]

Tickets for Bratach Gorm now available

Tickets for Bratach Gorm now available

The Scottish Piping Society of London has announce details for next month’s London Competition held in The Caledonian Club near Hyde Park Corner in Belgravia. The competition takes place on November 5-6 and will mark the 81st annual competition. Tickets for Saturday’s competitions – including Premier, A and B grade, […]

Scotland to feature in virtual heritage trail

Scotland to feature in virtual heritage trail

The world’s first ever UNESCO trail, bringing together some of Scotland’s most iconic, diverse and culturally significant sites, was launched yesterday 13 Scottish place-based designations are included in the digital trail that covers World Heritage Sites, biosphere reserves and “creative cities”. The dedicated digital trail aims to take visitors on […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 27

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 27

1956-57 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1956 the tunes for the Open competition were Nameless (Book 8), The End of the Little Bridge, The Daughter’s Lament, Craigellachie, Lament for the Duke of Hamilton, The Red Speckled Bull, The Stewarts’ White Banner and Lament for The Harp Tree, from which four […]

All Mòd cons / Stuart Liddell collection

All Mòd cons / Stuart Liddell collection

This year’s Royal National Mòd kicked off this weekend, showcasing some of the riches of modern Gaelic culture. The weekend began on Saturday with shinty matches – with the women’s and men’s Mòd Cups, won for the ladies and the gents by Inverness City. Meanwhile, a tightly contested match between […]