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The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 25

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 25

1953-1954 By Jeannie Campbell MBE At the beginning of 1953, in an effort to extend the season, hoteliers in Oban asked the council to hold the Argyllshire Gathering a week later. However, the stewards of the Gathering decided against altering their arrangements.Competitors for the Open Piobaireachd in 1953 were required […]

Just one more day …

Just one more day …

Vickie Gray from Nova Scotia is a student of Margaret Dunn at the National Piping Centre (NPC). Last year, feeling ready to compete for the first time, the pottery maker who lives near the town of Lunenburg in the province’s south-west, joined the NPC’s Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers […]

Jeannie’s comprehensive history of pipe bands is now on sale

Jeannie’s comprehensive history of pipe bands is now on sale

Jeannie Campbell’s long-anticipated history of pipe bands has now been published. The book, Pipe Bands, which took the leading piping historian five years to compile, is now on sale, priced £30 (plus shipping). At 854 pages, the book is big. Included are chapters on the first civilian bands, juvenile bands, […]

Famous pipe bands: Tullylagan

Famous pipe bands: Tullylagan

Tullylagan (Gaelic: Tulaigh Lagáin) is a small townland1 located near Cookstown in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In 1923, two years after the formation of Northern Ireland, a group of men from the local Ulster Special Constabulary formed the band. The founding members donated a small amount of their wages to […]

Bellows pipers return for annual ‘blow out’

Enthusiasts of Scotland’s other piping tradition – the bellows-blown Lowland one – will gather in the Scottish Borders town of Galashiels on October 30. The 2021 annual conference (the ‘collogue’) of the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) will go ahead in person and will feature three guest speakers: James […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 24

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 24

1952 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1952 the newspapers reported that the Duchess of Argyll was indisposed at Inveraray Castle so the Duke was unable to attend the Gathering. There was an attendance of 600 at the ball on the first evening of the Gathering. Competitors entering the Open ceòl […]

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

By Stuart Letford and Dan Nevans Please accept our collective apology for this review having taken so long to write. This was because one of us has only just been released from the Southern General Hospital having had his sides stitched and the other one refused to come out from […]

Scots village remembers historic regiment

Scots village remembers historic regiment

The village of Dunkeld in Perthshire, Scotland is having a Re-Enactment Day on Saturday to celebrate the connection of the historic Scottish Horse regiment to the area. The Scottish Horse was a Yeomanry regiment of the British Army’s Territorial Army raised by John Murray, the Marquess of Tullibardine (later the […]

CLASP profile: Martha Hall

CLASP profile: Martha Hall

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?My name is Martha Srisamai Hall and I am originally from Upland, California. While in middle school, I heard bagpipes for the first time at an Upland High School football game. The summer before my first year of high school […]