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Piping at Celtic Connections 2020

Piping at Celtic Connections 2020

Female pipers are to be showcased at next year’s Celtic Connections festival. Among those taking part in the ‘Celebration of Women in Piping’ concert are highland pipers Enora Morice from Brittany (ex-Shotts), Robyn Ada McKay (SLoT), and South Uist’s Alana MacInnes. McKay is recent graduate from the Piping Degree at […]

Trevor Dear, 1939-2019

Trevor Dear, 1939-2019

Trevor Dear, a long-term and well respected RSPBA judge, has died. He was 79 and died yesterday in hospital. Dear was an RSPBA adjudicator for many years, retiring after the 2014 season when he reached 75. On retiring he was made an Honorary Life Member of the RSPBA. Prior to […]

Lochryan seeks a Pipe Major and paid Tutor

Lochryan Pipe Band, based in the south west of Scotland, is seeking a new Pipe Major to lead its Grade 3b band. There is currently an established pipe corps and full drum corps within the band with players travelling from Stranraer and the surrounding district. In addition, the band is […]

Afternoon prizewinners at the Brechin solos yesterday.

Brechin results

A large entry took part in the annual City of Bechin Pipe Band solo piping competitions yesterday in the Angus, Scotland town. Results: Piobaireachd 15-18 Years – 1. Cameron May, Dillarburn; 2. Fraser Robson, Broughty Ferry; 3. Liam Brown, Johnshaven; 4. Brogan Townsley, Luncarty; 5. Lachlan Latto, Dundee; 6. Ben […]

SPA Knockout: Heat 4 on Saturday

SPA Knockout: Heat 4 on Saturday

Heat 4 of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) Knockout series takes place next Saturday evening (October 5). The players vying for a place in the next round are John Patrick and Angus MacColl Jnr. John was a finalist in the previous Knockout final but called off due to illness. Stuart […]

James Murray resigns from WAPOL

James Murray resigns from WAPOL

James Murray has resigned from his role as Pipe Major of the Western Australia Police Force Pipe Band, a Grade 1 band based in the western Australia city of Perth. He is taking on a piping tutor role at the city’s Scotch College. Although Jim’s last official day as a […]

Closkelt Drum Major Erinn McIlwaine and Pipe Major David Chesney.

RSPBA gradings for 2020

Three pipe bands have been upgraded to Grade 1 after the Music Board of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association met yesterday (21st) to ratify the first of the 2020 season regradings. Moving from Grade 2 to Grade 1 are 2019 Champion of Champions Closkelt (Northern Ireland) along with St […]

McMichael overall at All Ireland

McMichael overall at All Ireland

Ashley McMichael, pictured right, was declared the All Ireland Champion Piper for 2019. The annual competition was held earlier today at Lusk National School, just outside Dublin. The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band stalwart is a previous winner of the competition as well as the Northern Ireland Piper of the […]

Stewart returns to lead the Vale

Stewart returns to lead the Vale

Mark Stewart has been appointed Pipe Major of the Vale of Atholl. Stewart is something of a Vale veteran, having learned first of all as a nine-year-old with Andy Renwick and then Ian Duncan, two previous Pipe Majors of the Perthshire-based organisation. He progressed to the Vale’s Juvenile band then […]