Interesting People

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 […]

Just one more day …

Just one more day …

Vickie Gray from Nova Scotia is a student of Margaret Dunn at the National Piping Centre (NPC). Last year, feeling ready to compete for the first time, the pottery maker who lives near the town of Lunenburg in the province’s south-west, joined the NPC’s Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers […]

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

Book review: ‘Hector of the Glens’

By Stuart Letford and Dan Nevans Please accept our collective apology for this review having taken so long to write. This was because one of us has only just been released from the Southern General Hospital having had his sides stitched and the other one refused to come out from […]