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CLASP profile: Grant Walker

CLASP profile: Grant Walker

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I live in East Lothian, Scotland and I started learning way back in 1978 at the local band, Monktonhall Colliery from Prestonpans.   How has the pandemic affected your piping personally?I struggled quite a bit to keep going. It wasn’t just […]

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Legendary piper, Allan MacDonald received the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards last night. Director of Piping at the National Piping Centre, Finlay MacDonald presented MacDonald with his award. Allan MacDonald [pictured], a former lecturer on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Scottish Academy […]

Stuart Letford: My month

Stuart Letford: My month

It looks like this winter will be a long one. COVID-19 is on the rise again throughout Europe and beyond. Statistics a fortnight ago revaled the UK as the leading region globally for new cases yet this wasn’t mentioned by the country’s state broadcaster, the BBC. There seems to be […]

CLASP results

CLASP results

By Margaret Dunn Charles-David Mitchell, Ben Hall, Alasdair Beaton and James Skinner were the overall winners for their respective grades in the recent ‘Live Online’ contest organised by the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP). The competition was held via Zoom videoconference software on Saturday, November 13. It was […]

CLASP profile: Tom DuBois

CLASP profile: Tom DuBois

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m from Long Island, New York. At college I had a friend who listened to a lot of Celtic rock. I just really got into the sound of the pipes so I gave learning them a shot. Quickly, I found […]

Piping Times Annual launched in style

Piping Times Annual launched in style

The new, bumper edition of the inaugural Piping Times Annual was launched in style in Glasgow last night. A launch party – with Scottish Government COVID-19 regulations in place – was held in the auditorium of the National Piping Centre’s city centre headquarters. The capacity audience included contributors, long-term readers […]

The Piping Times Annual launches tonight!

The Piping Times Annual launches tonight!

The National Piping Centre is celebrating the launch of the new Piping Times Annual, with a concert tonight, Friday 26th November from 7.30pm. This new publication is one part of the crowdfunder campaign that ran in May this year. The fundraising drive smashed its original target to raise £33,000 to […]

Glasgow Police competing at the 2019 European Pipe Band Championships held at Bught Park.

Tickets on sale for the Europeans

Tickets are now on sale for the European Pipe Band Championships, which will take place in Inverness next June. Tickets can be purchased from the Piping Inverness website: www.pipinginverness.com Kevin Reilly, Chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “After an absence of two years, there’s excitement and anticipation […]

The last happy days, part 2

The last happy days, part 2

The last happy days – the great highland bagpipe in JFK’s Camelot By Major Robert Keith Gunther This unprecedented participation of a foreign unit – The Black Watch – in the funeral for a President of the United States was the result of another of Mrs. Kennedy’s requests. The regiment […]