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Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell, the former Downing Street Press Secretary and Official Spokesperson to Prime Minister Tony Blair, has made a plea for the Ukrainian national anthem to be played on the Highland pipes when Scotland’s national football team meets Ukraine. The game will take place at Hampden Park on June 1 […]

Kenny MacDonald

Kenny MacDonald

We are saddened to report the death of Kenny MacDonald, a very well-known piper in Edinburgh and Perthshire piping circles. He had been unwell for a while.  Kenny was a stalwart of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society and the Eagle Pipers’ Society for many years and a regular figure on […]

SPA Professional contest venue change

SPA Professional contest venue change

Due to a lower than expected entry the Scottish Pipers’ Association Professional Contest on April 30 will only be held at The National Piping Centre’s McPhater Street venue. SPA President, Logan Tannock, said that the event will also welcome spectators for a small admission charge. Logan explained: “The committee have […]

Piobaireachd is for Everyone – the audiobook release

Piobaireachd is for Everyone – the audiobook release

Piobaireachd is for Everyone, first published by Dan Nevans in the summer of 2021, will be available as an audiobook from May 1, 2022 from dnpiping.com. The audiobook is over four hours long and comes in two parts. Read by the author, this recording also features excerpts of piobaireachd being performed on […]

Free online piping recital from Carnegie Mellon Graduate this weekend

Free online piping recital from Carnegie Mellon Graduate this weekend

Sean Patrick Regan is performing a Graduate Recital this coming Sunday, April 24, 2022. The concert is the culmination of his Master of Music Performance (Bagpipe) degree, taught by Andrew Carlisle at Carnegie Mellon University. The event is free to attend in-person or online and tickets should be booked here. […]

New tune competition for The Eagle Pipers’ Piobaireachd

New tune competition for The Eagle Pipers’ Piobaireachd

The Eagle Pipers’ Society is running a piobaireachd composition contest. Tunes should be submitted electronically to the convener who will pass them to the judges, who are all members of The Eagle Pipers’ Society. A recording is also required – not necessarily by the composer (could be done by a […]

Atholl Gathering solo piping entries open

Atholl Gathering solo piping entries open

Entries are now open for this year’s Atholl Gathering solo piping competitions. The entry form can be found here. The competitions are open to those graded A/P, B and C for ceòl mòr by the Competing Pipers’ Association. The Light Music is open. The Atholl Gathering will take place in […]

SPA Professional entries close on Sunday, April 17

SPA Professional entries close on Sunday, April 17

Entries for the Scottish Pipers’ Association Professional Contest close this coming Sunday afternoon, April 17. SPA President, Logan Tannock, would like to encourage any Premier/A Grade pipers who are thinking about entering to do so. The competition will be held in person on April 30 at both National Piping Centre […]

Book now for the Emmett Conway workshop at the Spring Adult Gathering

Book now for the Emmett Conway workshop at the Spring Adult Gathering

Pipe Major Emmett Conway of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, is presenting a special guest workshop at The National Piping Centre’s Spring Adult Gathering, April 25-28. Emmett’s workshop is in addition to the world class teaching line up of Wilson Brown, Connor Sinclair, Ailis Sutherland, Dr Andrew Bova, Dan […]