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Campaigners James Rattray and John Neilson take local MSP John Swinney around the battlefield last summer.

Battle for Killiecrankie scheduled

A Scottish public inquiry begins in Pitlochry on Monday after campaigners in a small Perthshire community complained that the proposed dualling of a trunk road would further encroach the site of a 17th century battle of huge historical importance. The A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness is currently being […]

Pipes and drums in Barbados

Pipes and drums in Barbados

The 2020 Barbados Celtic Festival takes place on May 19-24. The festival has been held annually in the Caribbean island for 24 years and has grown to involve local schools learning Scottish and Gaelic culture through music and dance.  Scotland has strong historical links to Barbados, with the purging of […]

Aerial photograph of Boreraig. The two red spots show the sites of the old MacCrimmon 'college' and the memorial cairn.

Journey to Glendale, 1931

As reported yesterday, this month’s edition of the Piping Times features the last article written by Dr Roddy Ross. It is a ‘deep’ article, one that dwells on Celtic mysticism, the MacCrimmons, and ceòl mòr. Today, we reproduce an article written by written by Roddy in the late 1990s and published […]

Diary: Boney Invitational/SPA/the ‘Piping Times’

Diary: Boney Invitational/SPA/the ‘Piping Times’

Yesterday’s pictorial from the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships included a great photo of the late Andrew Bonar of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Andrew was a member of the Canadian band for many years. Before he died in 2017 at the age of 51, Andrew initiated an annual invitational […]

Mixed fortunes as new year gets underway

Mixed fortunes as new year gets underway

2020 began on a happy note for some and a terrible one for others. Yesterday, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) announced the completion of the £1million restoration of its headquarters. The building, in Washington Street, in the Anderston part of Glasgow, was engulfed in flames in March of […]

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 YEARS OF PIPE BANDSby Michael Grey With over 200 respondents, a summarised view can now be passed along of the “100 years of pipe bands” survey offered last month to readers of bagpipe.news (and those of my blog). In my working life (corporate communications) I’ve always found […]

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

By Stuart Letford (for bagpipe.news) I don’t know about you but that was a quick year. It does not seem like nearly a year since I sat in  The Mackintosh Church in Maryhill, Glasgow to enjoy the ‘Seinn Air A ‘Phiob’ show held during Celtic Connections.  All too soon, the […]

2020 band tune requirements

2020 band tune requirements

T he RSPBA today gave notice of the playing requirements for the major championships next season: The competition dates for 2020 have also been finalised and can be found HERE.

Merry Christmas from bagpipe.news

Merry Christmas from bagpipe.news

It is Christmas morning here in Scotland and Bagpipe.news would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank everyone who has visited the site since it launched in May and made it a success. Since then, thousands have visited the piping web magazine and […]

SPA centenary celebrations

SPA centenary celebrations

The Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA) is to mark its centenary on January 10 – exactly 100 years since its founding in Glasgow – at The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow’s west end. All are invited. Distinguished guests are expected as well as performances from Tom Johnstone (President), Logan […]