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Gandys overall ‘at’ Aboyne

Gandys overall ‘at’ Aboyne

The result of the online Aboyne Highland Games piping contests saw father and son, Bruce and Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, take the first and second overall spots. Pipe Major Ben Duncan of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was awarded third place overall. Held online due to the coronavirus […]

MacGregor finalists announced

MacGregor finalists announced

The eight pipers going through to the final of the MacGregor Memorial are: Ross Conner, Campbeltown;Luke Kennedy, Strathaven;Liam MacDonald, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada;Angus MacPhee, Inverness;Henry Paluch, Aorora, Ontario, CanadaAnna Smart, Dunfermline;Hazel Whyte, Larkhall;Campbell Wilson. Christchurch, New Zealand. Judges, Bill Livingstone and Stuart Samson MBE completed their adjudicating this weekend and reported […]

2020 Springbank Invitational cancelled

2020 Springbank Invitational cancelled

The annual Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition has been cancelled for 2020. Competition organiser, the Kintyre Piping Society, hopes to be in a position in the near future to hold it next year. The competition usually takes place in mid-September in the Argyll town, Campbeltown and is sponsored by the […]

Angus MacColl has won this competition seven times.

Pipers announced for online PM Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge

The five pipers who will perform at this year’s online Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge are: Roddy MacLeod MBE, Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, Callum Beaumont and Connor Sinclair. The competition, part of Piping Live!, takes place behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Thursday, […]

Jack Lee, winner of last year's Silver Chanter. Photo: Derek Maxwell.

Silver Chanter – draw and tunes

The draw (and tunes to be played) for this year’s online Silver Chanter is: Connor Sinclair (Lament for Donald Bàn MacCrimmon); Stuart Liddell (Lament for the Children); Sarah Muir (Lament for the Earl of Antrim); Callum Beaumont (Lament for MacLeod of Colbecks); Iain Speirs (Lament for MacSwan of Roaig); Fred […]

The Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band.

Hindu pipers / Càrn Liath, a jig

The pull of the Great Highland Bagpipe shows no signs of stopping. A pipe band comprised of Hindu pipers and drummers has been featured recently on US television channel, CNN. The Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band is based in Secaucus, New Jersey. In reality, though, it is one of five […]

Tommy Johnston, 1955-2020

Tommy Johnston, 1955-2020

Tommy Johnston died in hospital on Tuesday night after a short illness. He was 65. Tommy was an immensely popular figure in piping and piping band circles. In the mid-1990s he set up Pipe Dreams with fellow ScottishPower Pipe Band member, Ronnie McShannon. The two launched their popular Ezeedrone drone […]

Stories of the Tunes – My Home

Stories of the Tunes – My Home

By Roderick Cannon This well known air has had a varied history, in the course of which it has become separated into at least two distinct tunes, played on the pipes as a slow march and a jig. It first appears in Patrick MacDonald’s collection of Highland Vocal Airs (1784), […]

Financial support for RSPBA / Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping

Financial support for RSPBA / Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is one of the cultural organisations in Scotland set to to be offered financial support while they remain affected by lockdown restrictions. The Scottish Government announced a £10m funding package yesterday to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding streams […]