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Stuart McCallum inside the workshop. (Photo: Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce).

McCallums back to the grinder / Post-pandemic discussion

In a hint of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, a leading bagpipe manufacturer returned to full production yesterday. McCallum Bagpipes, based in Kilmarnock, Scotland, said in a statement: “We are back. In line with Scottish Government advice, we are in full production from today …. It’s been […]

Winter Storm cancelled … for 2021! / USPF results

Winter Storm cancelled … for 2021! / USPF results

Winter Storm, the popular US Midwest weekend of competitions and workshops, has been cancelled for 2021. Winter Storm was scheduled for January 14-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. In a sign of increasing concern in the global piping community about the pandemic in some parts of the world, the Midwest Highland […]

PM Bill Robertson.

PM Bill Robertson, an appreciation

Vale, Pipe Major William Robertson (1932-2020) By Brett Tidswell Pipe Major William Robertson died at 12:00pm last Thursday (24th) in Auckland, New Zealand, the country he made home since moving there in 1959, and where he made a huge contribution to piping and to pipe bands. A celebration of his […]

The Europeans, 2019: a pictorial

Today, around 100 pipe bands should have been making their way to Bught Park in Inverness for the 2020 European Pipe Championships. Regrettably, the Covid-19 panemic has put paid to that – as well as to the whole 2020 competition season. Bught Park has held many pipe band and solo […]

PM Bill Robertson.

PM Bill Robertson 1932-2020 / NZ returns to live competitions

This post has been updated with a recording of Captain John MacLellan. We were saddened to hear of the passing yesterday of Pipe Major Bill Robertson formerly of The Royal Scots from 1956-1958. William Anderson Robertson was born in 1932 and began his piping, aged 11, with his local Boys’ […]

Piping Degree graduates / Owen MacNiven

Piping Degree graduates / Owen MacNiven

Five young pipers have become the latest graduates to secure a BMus Traditional Music – Piping degree with honours. The five – four gained first class honours – are: John Dew, Gavin Hardie, Danny Hutcheson, Ciaren Ross and Christina Shaw. The course is run jointly by the National Piping Centre […]

Michael Grey workshop / RSPBA AGM

Michael Grey workshop / RSPBA AGM

A reminder about Michael Grey’s 2/4 March online workshop which we mentioned up a couple of weeks ago. This takes place tomorrow (Thursday). To join the workshop click HERE. The leading Canadian piper, composer and adjudicator is conducting the workshop on behalf of the Niagara-Hamilton branch of the Pipers’ and […]

Glenfiddich going pay-per-view for 2020

Glenfiddich going pay-per-view for 2020

The Glenfiddich, considered to be the most prestigious event in the solo piping calendar, will go ahead this year as planned. The event itself, however, will take place at Blair Castle behind closed doors, with the public invited to join through a pay-per-view online stream on the day. The date […]

Willie Donaldson: What are we waiting for?

Willie Donaldson: What are we waiting for?

There has been a call in recent years for change in the long-standing arrangements in the big piobaireachd competitions; that the Piobaireachd Society should stop naming its own settings as the preferred ones, or stop setting the annual tunes at all, allowing the performers free choice in which tunes they […]

CLASP end-of-season results

CLASP end-of-season results

By Margaret Dunn Yesterday, CLASP (Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers) held its annual end-of-season competition. The competition marked the end of our 2019/2020 CLASP season and, as with our previous competition on March 23, this one was held digitally due to Covid-19 situation. It was a great success and […]