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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 […]

Learney Hill.

My father the bagpiper – part 5

Continuing Edith Paterson’s (née McHardy) story of her father. On one memorable night, my father stopped the band and made a speech pointing out the impossibility of proceeding unless the tumult could be reduced by half. I do not recall that there was any noticeable diminution thereafter. On rare occasions […]

Celebration at the announcement of winning the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships 2009

RSPBA / John Shone’s BB book / Donald Drone

As the pipe band world looks forwards with nervous optimism to 2021, the RSPBA’s Music Board has confirmed the tune requirements of the 2020 season will be carried forward into the 2021 season: The decision was approved at the Board of Directors Meeting on June 27, 2020. Meanwhile, at the […]

Covid-19: the game changer

Covid-19: the game changer

By Stuart Letford for Bagpipe.News Prepare for the long haul regarding the Coronavirus, folks. That was the message from a webinar discussion into the future of piping and pipe bands post-Covid-19. Further, there is a chance there may be no pipe band competitions held in 2021. The webinar took place […]

The Turra Coo Collection

The Turra Coo Collection

By Euan Anderson With pipers all over the world trapped indoors going stir crazy, this is a grand time to launch a book. This particular one is A4 in size with a glossy black cover that has a coo’s face on it. It will certainly stick out on the shelf […]