Calum Brown, pictured yesterday with the trophy.

Calum Brown wins Scots Guards Knockout

Calum Iain Brown, a member of Inveraray & District Pipe Band, has won this year’s knockout competition organised by the Scots Guards Association. Calum, pictured below with the trophy, beat the other finalist, Cameron MacDougall, by only four votes. Calum is a former winner of Pipe Idol (2014) and member […]

ScottishPower marches into the circle at Paisley today.

The Grade 1 contest at the British

By Stuart Letford I arrived at Paisley around noon yesterday and after taking in the Novice Juvenile A contest (a critique will appear tomorrow), headed over to the Grade 1 arena, notebook in hand. These notes are my own and readers should bear in mind the judges – whose opinions, […]

SLoT: 2019 British Pipe Band champions

SLoT: 2019 British Pipe Band champions

St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band won the 2019 British Championship, the first of the RSPBA’s five major pipe band competitions, today at St. James’ Playing Field at Paisley, Scotland. In Grade 2, Closkelt maintained its consistency from last season and set out its stall with a fine run, taking the […]

The well fed, joyful, assembled company. I haven’t a Scooby where Waldo is but get out your magnifying glass – how many faces can you identify? Photo: Derek Maxwell.

Capt. John recitalist-contestants revealed

The four solo pipers who will compete at this year’s Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Trust Dinner on Sunday, August 24, have been confirmed, featuring two Canadians and two Scots. Each piper is assigned a tune composed by, or strongly associated with, the late Captain John MacLellan. This year’s […]

Sisters are doing it for the fight

Sisters are doing it for the fight

The first concert has taken place of the all-female New Zealand pipe band that aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to fight it. The band’s first concert took place on May 5 at the Charles Luney Auditorium in Christchurch. A total of 32 pipers and drummers […]

Vale of Atholl Grade 3 band competing at the British Pipe Band Championships last season.

Vale goes back to the future

Scotland’s Vale of Atholl is once again going ‘back to the future’* as it takes steps to rebuild after its Grade 1 band took a “sabbatical” six months ago. The Perthshire-based outfit has secured sponsorship for a tuition programme and is to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). SCIO […]

Snap to it – it’s World Play A Strathspey Day!

Snap to it – it’s World Play A Strathspey Day!

Pipers around the world are being encouraged to record their favourite strathspey tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) and share it on social media with the hashtag #playastrathspeyday. Hands up for Trad, a music education and advocacy organisation based in Scotland, is behind the ‘World Play A Strathspey Day’ idea. A spokesman said: […]

PPBSO President, Chris Buchanan hands the trophy to Andrew Carlisle.

Andrew Carlisle wins the 41st Livingstone Invitational

The 41st William Livingstone, Senior, Memorial Invitational was held last Saturday (11th), in the historic James Street Armouries, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in the Officers’ Mess of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Andrew Carlisle of Pittsburgh won both the ceòl mòr and ceòl beag events. ‘The Livingstone’ contest is […]

Dollar Academy Novice Juvenile A Pipe Band competing in Dundee today.

Gourock, Dundee and Banchory results

Scotland’s pipe band competition season continued in earnest today with contests are Gourock, Dundee and Banchory. Competitors enjoyed mostly sunny weather, if chilly in the shade, at the three coastal venues. GOUROCK RESULTS: Grade 1 – 1. Scottish Power; 2. Boghall & Bathgate; 3. Glasgow Police; 4. Shotts. Grade 2 […]

Dunbar results

Dunbar results

The Scottish outdoor pipe band competition season got underway today on the east coast at Dunbar in East Lothian. Results:Grade 1 (MSR) – 1. Police Fife Scotland; 2. Royal Burgh of Stirling.Judges: J. Connor and B. Donaldson (piping); L. Innes (drumming) and P. Snaddon (ensemble). Grade 2 (Medley) – 1. […]