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CLASP profile: Grant Walker

CLASP profile: Grant Walker

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I live in East Lothian, Scotland and I started learning way back in 1978 at the local band, Monktonhall Colliery from Prestonpans.   How has the pandemic affected your piping personally?I struggled quite a bit to keep going. It wasn’t just […]

Famous pipers: Neville and Ian MacKay

Famous pipers: Neville and Ian MacKay

 Neville and Ian MacKay – pioneers of piobaireachd in New Zealand. By John Hanning This is the story of how two brothers from the country town of Waipawa in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, together laid the foundations for organised instruction and development of the playing of piobaireachd in New Zealand. […]

CLASP profile: Tom DuBois

CLASP profile: Tom DuBois

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m from Long Island, New York. At college I had a friend who listened to a lot of Celtic rock. I just really got into the sound of the pipes so I gave learning them a shot. Quickly, I found […]

CLASP profile: Vincent Guinnane

CLASP profile: Vincent Guinnane

Where are you from and how did you get into piping? I am originally from Detroit. A friend of my dad, who was in the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment in Windsor, asked if any of his kids were interested in learning the pipes, so I raised my hand. I got […]

Famous pipers: Dugald McLachlan

Famous pipers: Dugald McLachlan

Dugald Campbell McLachlan (1893-1958) was a founding member of the Camelon Pipe Band and its Pipe Major for two decades prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. His father, Peter (1859-1913) was a piper who worked as a gamekeeper at Lochearnhead before taking a job at a chemical […]

CLASP profile: Alexander Hess

CLASP profile: Alexander Hess

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?My name is Alexander Hess from Dortmund (Northrhine Westfalia, Germany) and I got into piping by visiting local Highland Games and booking a piper for the wedding of friend. How has the pandemic affected your piping personally?Due to short-time work […]

Famous pipers: Willie Gray

Famous pipers: Willie Gray

Willie Gray (1883-1962) was one of the major figures of early 20th century piping.  Most pipers today know his name through the well-known and ever popular 2/4 march, Pipe Major Willie Gray’s Farewell To The Glasgow Police. Composed by Pipe Major John MacDonald – Seonaidh Roidein – of South Uist […]