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Entries for Highlands & Islands Young Piper of the Year 2019

Entries for Highlands & Islands Young Piper of the Year 2019

This year’s Highlands & Island Young Piper of the Year competition will take place on July 18. The venue is once again Sgoil Lionacleit on Benbecula in the Western Isles. Entry forms are below. This competition is sandwiched between two other events in the region, the South Uist Games on […]

Colin Ross, 1934-2019

Colin Ross, 1934-2019

An era in bellows piping ended on Monday with the news that Colin Ross died in hospital after a short illness. Colin was a major figure in the revival of bellows-blown bagpipes. He specialised in the music of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and essentially invented the modern Scottish smallpipes. […]

Hugh A. MacCallum, 1942-2019

Hugh A. MacCallum, 1942-2019

Hugh Archibald McCallum passed away last night. He was 76 and was recuperating after suffering a stroke late last year. Hugh, a native of Campbeltown in Argyll, was born into a family of pipers. His brother, Ronald gave him his first lessons before Pipe Major John MacKenzie took him on. […]

Finlay MacDonald and Roddy MacLeod in Buchanan Street today for the official launch of the 2019 Piping Live! festival. (Photo: Chris James)

Piping Live! 2019 unveiled

The run-up to the 16th Piping Live! festival kicked off today when Glasgow’s Buchanan Street was transformed into the Piping Walk of Fame, with Hollywood-style stars revealing the headliners of this year’s festival. The festival returns to the city from August 10-18. Buchanan Street, one of the city’s main shopping […]

Darach Urquhart competing at Cowal in 2013.

Cowal axes Senior solo piping for 2019

The Senior solo piping competitions have been axed at this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering. Organisers cite a date clash with the Northern Meeting as the reason. The Junior competitions will take place as normal. The Senior competitions are expected to return next year. A spokesman said: “This year the solo […]

Atholl Gathering overall goes to Sarah Muir

Atholl Gathering overall goes to Sarah Muir

• Updated with B Grade Piobaireachd results: A large entry competed today at the annual Atholl Gathering, Scotland’s first major outdoor solo piping contest of the year. On the day, 14 pipers scratched. Sarah Muir from Glasgow, with two firsts and a second, was the overall winner. In the Junior […]

The Junior winners at Bathgate today.

Results from Bathgate

Bathgate Highland Games was held today in dreich conditions. It was a good day, however, for Gordon McCready and Bobby Allen who took three first in the Senior and Junior events respectively. RESULTS:SeniorsCeòl Mòr – 1. Gordon McCready; 2. John Dew; 3. Jonathan Simpson. March: 1. Gordon McCready’ 2. Bradley […]

Alastair Lee receiving the Open Piobaireachd award from Graeme Macaloney at the 2019 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival.

Troy and Lee win at Victoria Games

The 2019 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival was held over the weekend of May 18 and 19 at Topaz Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in warm and sunny weather, writes Rob MacNeil, President of BC Pipers’ Association. A total of 149 soloists and 12 bands competed. James P. […]

Trophy winners from the 2019 RSPS's members' Competition.

RSPS members’ annual competition

This year’s annual members’ competition took place recently over two Friday evenings and one Saturday at the Society’s rooms in Rose Street Lane, Edinburgh, writes Tom Lewin, RSPS Competition Convenor. This year’s entry was increased greatly over last year’s. The standards, both of instruments presented and of tunes played, were […]

Draw for the European Championships

Draw for the European Championships

The RSPBA has made the draw for the European Pipe Band Championships. The contest takes place on June 29 at Bught Park, Inverness, Scotland. The draw (and times of play) is as follows: Grade 11 14:00 The Glasgow Skye Association 2 14:10 Inveraray and District 3 14:20 Lomond and Clyde […]