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Call for post-Brexit ‘passport’ for musicians

Call for post-Brexit ‘passport’ for musicians

Musicians from Great Britain’s traditional/folk music world are seeking clarity and guidance on what the requirements will be for gigging and working in the European Union (EU) after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020. Most musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union […]

Stellar lineup for 2020  Glenfiddich

Stellar lineup for 2020 Glenfiddich

The 10 invitees to compete at the 2020 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships have been confirmed. The pipers who will take to the stage – and, in brackets, the number of times they have won the overall title – are: • Finlay Johnston (2)• Callum Beaumont • Jack Lee (2)• Roddy […]

SPSL online competition /   New album from Ross Ainslie

SPSL online competition / New album from Ross Ainslie

The details for the Scottish Piping Society of London’s online solo piping competition are now available on its website. The competition will include C Grade ((Piobaireachd and MSR) and Open Amateur categories as well as SPSL member events (Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel, and 6/8 March). There will be a […]

Bob Gore, 1937-2020

Bob Gore, 1937-2020

Robert W. Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, the rubberised waterproof/breathable fabric, died last Thursday (17th) aged 83. Gore’s fabric invention was used in the manufacture of the company’s revolutionary pipe bag products in the 1980s, which quickly proved popular with pipers and pipe bands. Essentially, the fabric lets water/moisture out while […]

Lindsay launches new experimental CD

Lindsay launches new experimental CD

Donald Lindsay, the Scottish piper who is now domiciled on a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, yesterday releasesd his latest recording. The History of Sleep, recorded with Richard Youngs, a Glasgow-based “experimental” musician. The album utilises Lindsay’s free-ranging, improvisational Lindsay System smallpipes chanter accompanied by Richard’s […]

Members of the LBPS committee playing at Arbroath Abbey earlier today.

LBPS’ musical ‘declaration’ to mark Scottish milestone

The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) today marked in music a major milestone in Scottish history. The major milestone was the 700th anniversary of the so-called Declaration of Arbroath, the letter that was submitted to Pope John XXII in Avignon, France in the spring of 1320. The letter was […]

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, son of Ian and Chris Duncan, died today in hospital in Edinburgh. He was 26 years old. Alex had been in hospital for a week. Alex Duncan was a first class piper. Taught as a child by Dougie Reid, Perth and father Ian, Alex’ two biggest piping influences […]

The online Silver Chanter: “Just a different kind of pressure”

The online Silver Chanter: “Just a different kind of pressure”

As we reported on Tuesday, this year’s Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition will take place behind closed doors at the National Piping Centre (NPC) and broadcast online at a later date. Last month’s Silver Chanter competition was the first major solo event to take place in a […]