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2019 Springbank line-up

2019 Springbank line-up

The nine pipers who will compete in the 2019 Springbank Invitational solo piping competition are: Willie McCallum, Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Roddy MacLeod, Iain Speirs, Callum Beaumont, Finlay Johnston, Glenn Brown and Peter McCalister. The competition will be held in the Seafield Hotel in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland on September 14, […]

Bianca Kail, Con Houlihan and Gill Cairns at Balloch.

Balloch results

Open results added. Open Ceòl Mòr – 1. William Geddes (Old Men of the Shells); 2. Calum Wynd (Salute to Donald); 3. Jonathan Greenlees (Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay).Judges: Malcolm McRae and Willie Morrison March – 1. Kris Coyle; 2. Allan Russell; 3. William Geddes.Strathspey and Reel – 1. William […]

Learn how to set up your band

Learn how to set up your band

As reported recently on bagpipe.news, this year’s Piping Live! festival features an educational slant called ‘Learn at Live! 2019. One of the workshops will see leading figures from the pipe band world explain some of the tricks and techniques they use(d) to achieve success with their respective pipe band. Among […]

Polig Monjarret and Dorig Le Voyer, founders of B.A.S.

The acculturation of the great highland bagpipe in Brittany

By Jean-François Allain • From the February 1995 Piping Times Jean-François is one of a family who came over to Scotland from Brittany several times during the 1960s. They attended summer schools in Skye of the College of Piping and made great progress, as do most students. In 1967 Jean-Francois […]

Argyllshire Gathering order of play

Argyllshire Gathering order of play

The full draw for next month’s Argyllshire Gathering are as follows: Gold Medal – 1. Andrew Carlisle; 2. Nick Hudson; 3. Gordon McCready; 4. Alasdair Henderson; 5. Darach Urquhart; 6. Duncan MacGillivray; 7. Sean McKeown; 8. Sandy Cameron; 9. Jonathan Greenlees; 10. Gordon Bruce; 11 Andrew Donlan; 12, Derek Midgley; […]

What’s good for the goose …

What’s good for the goose …

A new ‘Goose’ competition is to be trialled at this year’s Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping Competition in Ayrshire on October 19. It is to be an Open event for players under the age of 16 who are in their first year of playing the pipes and have not yet […]

Scotch College, Melbourne, Australila.

Teacher of Bagpipes vacancy down under

Pipers are being invited to apply for the role of Teacher of Bagpipes at Scotch College in Victoria state, Australia. The school is located in a suburb of Melbourne. The current postholder, Kyle Warren, the 2010 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year, is returning to Scotland we […]

Worlds: RSPBA confirms new G1 format

Worlds: RSPBA confirms new G1 format

RSPBA Chairman, John Hughes (pictured, right) last night announced that the Grade 1 contest at this year’s World Pipe Band Championships will, as expected, comprise of four performances from each band spread over the Friday and Saturday. 15 bands have entered for the Grade 1 contest this year. Mr Hughes […]

Massed bands at Forres last Saturday.

Results from Forres

Forres Games took place on Saturday (6th) at Grant Park in the Moray town, the much praised venue for the European Pipe Band Championships from 2016-2018. By all accounts, weather conditions were sunny and warm and conducive to good piping. RESULTS: Ceòl Mòr – 1. Calum Brown (The King’s Taxes); […]

What Motown can teach pipers

What Motown can teach pipers

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #53, 2011. It seems like the more stuff there is on TV and the more channels there are available, the less there is to watch. This way of things has made me an impatient channel-clicker: two seconds on that show, nine on the […]