Interesting People

CLASP profile: Dane Grant

CLASP profile: Dane Grant

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia residing on Caribou Island, Nova Scotia. I started with the local Army Cadet Corps 219 under Captain Donald Carrigan’s instruction then continued with the Nova Scotia Highlanders then the Clan Thompson Pipe Band then […]

16 questions with … Seumas Coyne

16 questions with … Seumas Coyne

1. How are you these days and how did you spend your time during the lockdown?Creating music, future music books, recordings, The Citadel … entertaining the world one tune at a time! 2. What’s your favourite destination, either for a holiday or for something piping related?Piping: Vancouver, BC. UK, and […]

For those about to pipe …

For those about to pipe …

We toyed with the idea of making Bon Scott the latest installment of our occasional Famous Pipers series. However, Bon himself would never have described himself as a piper so why should we? Today, though, we wish to pay tribute to the Aussie rocker who would have turned 75 this […]

Sue with her MBE/

Famous pipers: Sue MacIntyre

Sue MacIntyre was born in Inverness in 1929 as Farquhar McIntosh. Her mother, who was a ward sister in the town’s Craig Dunain hospital, died before her fourth birthday so Sue was sent to a children’s home in Aberlour. Some time later she returned to Inverness to live with her […]

CLASP profile: Aaron Malcomb

CLASP profile: Aaron Malcomb

• Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I am from the United States, living in Washington state for the last 17 years. I got into piping as a teenager after listening to Scottish folk bands like The Tannahill Weavers and Capercaillie and got a practice chanter […]

CLASP profile: Joe Moore

CLASP profile: Joe Moore

Joe Moore is the next member of CLASP to be profiled. For more information and to join this great facility for amateur pipers go to the CLASP website. • Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m from Paddington in London originally but currently living in Wilmcote […]

CLASP profile: David Mackenzie

CLASP profile: David Mackenzie

Today, we feature another member of CLASP. David Mackenzie is next for shaving, as the late Pipe Major Robert Kilgour, would have put it. Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I am from Invergordon in the north of Scotland. My father was a piper in the […]

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 5

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 5

Some years later the Scottish Pipers and Dancers Association formed and I was put forward as one of the committee. Also included were Pipe Major John MacKenzie (Big John), James Mclvor, Pipe Major George Ross and others. I forget the names of the dancers who were also on the committee […]

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

John Davie Burgess died in July 2005, having achieved worldwide fame as a child prodigy on the pipes before maturing into one of the foremost exponents of Scotland’s national instrument. He was born in Aberdeen on March 11, 1934 but the family moved to Edinburgh when at a young age. […]