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The Nicol-Brown Chalice goes to the winner.

Stuart Marshall retains the 2021 Nicol-Brown

Stuart Marshall, pictured, from Stokesdale, North Carolina was the overall winner at this year’s Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition. Marshall was also the overall winner in 2020. His win at this year’s Nicol-Brown follows his win in the 2021 CLASP World Solo Amateur Piping Competition, held during Piping Live!. This […]

Yoshi Wada (1943-2021): an appreciation

Yoshi Wada (1943-2021): an appreciation

By Julian Goodacre About ten years ago my son, Liam gave me a CD re-release of an LP from 1981 called Lament For The Rise And Fall Of The Elephantine Crocodile by Yoshi Wada. I played it a couple of times, without giving too much attention to it, and then […]

Celtic Connections to return in full for 2022

Celtic Connections to return in full for 2022

Celtic Connections will return in full for 2022. The 18-day programme of live events marks a welcome revival for Scotland’s traditional music scene that has been impacted badly by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the 29th year of the world-famous event, and it will take place in Glasgow from […]

Glasgow Skye Pipe Band  3P/Majors 1991.

Clan MacRae pic / Musicianship / Donald Drone

Last Friday’s post on the Clan MacRae Pipe Band jolted a few memories from readers. Donald Macleod was among those who contacted us and he was able to identify some of the individuals in the photograph. Donald, brother of Kenny Macleod of McCallum Bagpipes, told us: “In the back row, […]

Queen’s jubilee: win a set of Stuart Liddell’s pipes

Queen’s jubilee: win a set of Stuart Liddell’s pipes

Further to our report in early August that McCallum Bagpipes is to supply a set of pipes for the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next June, organisers have provided further details. Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, said: “Anyone can enter this competition to win a set of McCallum’s MacRae SL4 pipes. This range […]

Andrew Ferguson wins inaugural Lochnell contest

Andrew Ferguson wins inaugural Lochnell contest

Andrew Ferguson of Dollar, Scotland was the overall winner at yesterday’s inaugural Lochnell Intermediate Piping Championship held at Lochnell Castle, Argyll. Andrew won the MSR and the Ceol Mòr in this competiton which pipers aged under 22. The standard of playing heard from all ten pipers was reported to be […]

Famous pipe bands: Clan MacRae

Famous pipe bands: Clan MacRae

One of the truly great bands in the history of the pipe band movement was the Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band of Glasgow, Scotland. Farquhar MacRae (1859-1916) formed the band in the autumn (fall) of 1913 but he called it the City of Glasgow Pipe Band. Farquhar won the Gold […]