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Virtual PM Donald MacLeod  competition cancelled

Virtual PM Donald MacLeod competition cancelled

The Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition, which was to take place behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre and broadcast online at a later date, has been cancelled due to the pandemic restrictions in place in Scotland’s Central Belt. The Lewis and Harris Piping Society had […]

Young Global Piper of the Year / A candle for Eilidh

Young Global Piper of the Year / A candle for Eilidh

The Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band of New South Wales, Australia, is hosting an online competition for junior pipers. The competition is being ambitiously titled the ‘2020 Shepherd Challenge for Young Global Piper of the Year’ after the band secured headline sponsorship for the competition from R. T. Shepherd & […]

Famous pipers: Duncan Johnstone

Famous pipers: Duncan Johnstone

The Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition has taken place at the National Piping Centre for over 20 years. It is held in memory of the famous Glasgow piper dubbed the King of Jigs. As Angus J. MacLellan wrote in Duncan’s obituary that appeared in the January 1999 Piping Times, Duncan […]

A flavour of the 2020 Glenfiddich

A flavour of the 2020 Glenfiddich

By Stuart Letford Ever wondered what it would be like to have a private recital given by our ten best pipers? Well, that’s almost what I experienced last Friday at Blair Castle where this year’s Glenfiddich, the 47th, was held behind closed doors. By now, you will no doubt have […]

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 […]