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PS hopes for in-person, members-only Archie Kenneth Quaich in 2021

PS hopes for in-person, members-only Archie Kenneth Quaich in 2021

The 29th annual amateur piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021, writes Dr Peter McCalister of the Piobaireachd Society. We hope to hold it in the usual venue, the rooms of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society at 127 Rose Street Lane South, […]

Kilsyth Pipe Band in 2016 playing at an event held in the town to mark the band's 125th anniversary.

More on the oldest/earliest pipe bands

Jeannie Campbell’s* article from Wednesday – The oldest civilian pipe band – has caused something of a stir with some readers. Davy Robinson from Falkirk writes: “I enjoyed reading the article but surely your headline should’ve read, ‘The earliest civilian pipe band’? After all, the Breadalbane band and the Aberfeldy […]

Willie Park at the Trade Fair.

NPC’s 10-day online Trade Fair opens

For the past few years one of the popular elements to the annual Piping Live! festival has been the Trade Fair. Clearly, due to the coronavirus pandemic it could not be held this year. However, to coincide with next weekend’s 47th annual Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships – which is being […]

Full house at Eden Court

Full house at Eden Court

As our photograph shows, it is a ‘full house’ inside Eden Court’s main theatre this week. The Inverness venue’s Empire Theatre has been transformed into a hub for Highland Council’s emergency response to the pandemic situation across the region. All the plush, blue velvet seats plus the stage itself – […]

Ivory on your pipes? Get a free CITES certificate

Ivory on your pipes? Get a free CITES certificate

With the pipe band world hoping that 2021 will see a return to pipe band competitions and championships, pipers whose pipes contain ivory and who plan to travel to the United Kingdom can apply now for a free Musical Instrument Certificate (MIC). For some time now pipers, and other musicians […]

Blue’s tune for Somme hero / Nominations open for Trads

Blue’s tune for Somme hero / Nominations open for Trads

Pipe maker, Blue MacMurchie of West Calder, Scotland and his father have composed a lovely march in honour of a soldier who was killed after piping his way to a German trench on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Blue was asked to refurbish the soldier’s pipes […]