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'Wee' Donald MacLean at Cowal in 1934.

Famous pipers: Donald MacLean

On Monday we kicked off the first of an occasional series on the stories behind some of our more famous tunes. There’s been a great response to this, with suggestions of further tunes to look at. Today, we kick off what will be another occasional series, that of famous pipers. […]

King James I.

Stories of the tunes: Pibroch of Donald Dubh

Today we begin an occasional series looking at the stories behind some of our well known tunes. We kick off with Pibroch of Donald Dubh, an old tune that was originally a pibroch but which was developed subsequently into ceòl beag (there are excellent march, jig, reel, quickstep and hornpipe […]

John Mulhearn locks down new album

John Mulhearn locks down new album

Few would dispute that the piping scene in Scotland has changed hugely since 20 years ago. In that time a significant swathe of pipers has emerged that have eschewed the world of competition entirely. Not because they’re not good enough – they most certainly are – but because the competition […]

More classic articles / New collections

More classic articles / New collections

More classic articles from our archives have been uploaded to the site today. From 1980-1981 Captain John A. MacLellan MBE published an introductory pibroch pieces that provide a sound explanation of the structure and notation of the music. The series was aimed at the junior piper but the information will […]

Lorient cancelled / NPC awards / Composition competition

Lorient cancelled / NPC awards / Composition competition

The Lorient Interceltique Festival, the world’s largest gathering of Celtic music, has reportedly been cancelled for 2020. The cancellation is expected to be confirmed tomorrow at an organisers’ meeting in the Brittany town. As recently as mid-April (16th), organisers said they were hopeful of running this year’s festival – its […]

Wedding award for the National Piping Centre

Wedding award for the National Piping Centre

April 27, Glasgow, Scotland – The National Piping Centre won the Intimate Wedding Venue category at the 2020 Scottish Hotel Awards, which took place virtually last night. The historic venue, in McPhater Street, is a unique wedding setting in the city centre. It also has a four-star hotel (with an […]

Online Junior competition results

Online Junior competition results

The online junior piping and drumming competition organised by Fife-based pipe band, Burntisland & District, has been voted a success by competitors, judges and organisers. A total of 202 entries were received in the piping (128 on pipes and 74 on chanter) from competitors in seven countries: the United Kingdom, […]

The pipe – solo or band instrument?

The pipe – solo or band instrument?

David V. Kennedy from Sacramento in California had this article published in the February 1980 edition of The International Piper. Clearly, pipe bands have come a long way since 1981 and the medleys heard today are beyond those of heard in David’s day but his central theme is something that […]