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"… 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 […]

Cowal cancelled for this year

Cowal cancelled for this year

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering has been cancelled. Organisers cited the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as the factor. ‘Cowal’, which had hitherto been an important solo piping event and a major pipe band championship until 2013, is world famous and calls itself “the biggest, most spectacular highland games in the […]

Bob Semple: a new tune for a pipe band legend

Bob Semple: a new tune for a pipe band legend

A new tune has been composed in honour of Robert – Bob – Semple O.A.M, B.E.M. who died in January after a short illness, aged 99. Bob was a huge figure in the piping scene of Australia and was at the centre of the pipe band movement there for most […]

New tune marks Declaration of Arbroath anniversary

New tune marks Declaration of Arbroath anniversary

A new tune has been composed to mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. The anniversary was on April 6 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, went largely unmarked. Indeed, a major festival planned in the Angus town of Arbroath had to be shelved. Some celebrations are being. […]

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust invites grant applications

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust invites grant applications

The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust is offering grants to Scotland’s self-employed pipers who are struggling financially due to gigs being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The grants are also available to other traditional musicians. The grants – £250 – are part of a ‘performance award’ fund set up the […]

Zoom security concerns

Zoom security concerns

Concerns are being raised about a video-conference software application that is being used by many pipe bands and tutors in recent weeks amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Yesterday it was reported that Singapore has temporarily banned Zoom from being used by its teachers due to “rising concerns and reports of troll […]

Learning a new tune

Learning a new tune

For anyone using this time, or even this Easter weekend to either learn or teach (using a telecommunications application, of course), this article may be useful. It was written by the famous Seumas and published in the October 1992 edition of the Piping Times. By Seumas MacNeill There are several […]

Pipe band’s care home tribute

While there is no concerted plan to encourage another ‘Pipe’s Up’ bagpipe tribute around Scotland tonight, we are aware that many pipers intend to repeat their personal tribute to NHS workers. We hear that some pipers in England plan to do the same. Some pipe bands have been joining in, […]

This plaque in York's Tadcaster Road marks the spot where the town's gallows stood.

James Reid, a hero of the ’45

Today, we post this article from our archives. The article was written by Tommy Pearston and published in the December 1989 Piping Times. His subject was James Reid, the only piper who lost his life because he was a piper. Reid, a native of Angus in the east of Scotland, […]