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Online Junior competition results

Online Junior competition results

The online junior piping and drumming competition organised by Fife-based pipe band, Burntisland & District, has been voted a success by competitors, judges and organisers. A total of 202 entries were received in the piping (128 on pipes and 74 on chanter) from competitors in seven countries: the United Kingdom, […]

The pipe – solo or band instrument?

The pipe – solo or band instrument?

David V. Kennedy from Sacramento in California had this article published in the February 1980 edition of The International Piper. Clearly, pipe bands have come a long way since 1981 and the medleys heard today are beyond those of heard in David’s day but his central theme is something that […]

Allan MacColl / Lovat-Fraser indenture

Allan MacColl / Lovat-Fraser indenture

Allan MacColl Snr., organiser of the Lochaber Gathering, has died. He was 79. He died last Friday (17th) peacefully in his sleep. Allan will be buried tomorrow at 1.00pm at Glen Nevis Cemetery, Fort William.  However, given the current coronavirus pandemic, only his immediate family will be present. Allan was […]

NPC online shop re-opens / Alisdair McLaren at WAPOL

NPC online shop re-opens / Alisdair McLaren at WAPOL

After closing its premises almost four weeks ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Piping Centre today re-opened its online shop. Orders will be fulfilled twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. The shop is fully stocked. Orders can only be placed online, and the in person shops remain […]

Glengarry Games cancelled

Glengarry Games cancelled

Canada’s Glengarry Highland Games, one of the largest Highland Games in the world, has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Held at Maxville in Ontario, the games host the North American Pipe Band Championships. The games takes place each summer over three days and attract in excess […]

Simon Fraser photographed in 1908.

More on Simon Fraser

Further to yesterday’s post on the letters of Simon Fraser, all his correspondence that appeared originally in the Oban Times is now online here and freely available. In addition, we hope to make available soon a recording of an interview with Pipe Major Willie Gray in which he talks about […]

A detail from an 8.5ft tall canvas oil painting depicting Sir George Simpson on his tour of inspection from Hudson’s Bay to the Pacific Coast. It shows a well-dressed man in a top hat, white collared shirt and black bow tie, accompanied by a piper and other men. The painting was completed in 1908 by Cyrus Cincinatto Cuneo (1879–23 July 1916). Ciro, as he was known, was a British-born artist. The painting hangs in City Hall, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Early Canadian piping

– Notes on a piper in Western Canada in the 1820s. Compiled by John Gibson, Inverness Co., Nova Scotia.(From The International Piper, July 1980) “Out of the blue, one day in 1821, it was announced that the North West Company had amalgamated with the Hudson’s Bay Company. Every effort was […]

Sets of pipes for sale

Sets of pipes for sale

Two of our readers have sets of pipes they wish to sell. The first comes from Peter McCalister of Stirlingshire, Scotland, who has an outstanding set of Robertson pipes for sale. The set is pictured, above. The sale includes a Robertson chanter with ivory sole. Peter says: “This is an ex-British […]

"… a re-tie of the bridle may solve a lot of problems for the piper."

Bridling the drone reeds

During the 1970s and 1980s, David V. Kennedy was a prolific contributor to the pages of both the Piping Times and The International Piper. His article here, on the subject of cane drone reeds, has been taken from the January 1980 edition of The International Piper. Clearly, if you play […]

Northern Meeting cancelled for 2020

Northern Meeting cancelled for 2020

One of the three flagship events in the solo piping world, The Northern Meeting has been cancelled for this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision came today in short statement released by The Northern Meeting Piping Convener, Alan Forbes: “Although the competition is still some months away we […]