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The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

1963-1964 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1963 five tunes were set for the Open Piobaireachd and competitors were required to choose four. The tunes were Salute on the Birth of Rory Mòr MacLeod, The Old Woman’s Lullaby, The Sister’s Lament, The Park Piobaireachd (No. 1) and Nameless (from Colin Campbell’s […]

Mark McClennan wins the 2021 Sherriff

Mark McClennan wins the 2021 Sherriff

Mark McClennan from Guelph in Ontario was the overall winner at the 2021 George Sherriff Memorial Invitational that took place virtually at the weekend. It was the 25th anniversary of this popular competition for North America’s ten leading amateur pipers. The competition is named in honour of the Glasgow-born stalwart […]

Queen Victoria as she looked in the 1840s-50s.

Piping in London – Part 3

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1848, a new society was formed in London and several papers reported on the founding: “Within the last few months a new society has been formed in London; not strictly for Scotchmen, but of the friends and admirers of Scotland. The new society takes the […]

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 […]

Tobruk anniversary to be marked in Perth

Tobruk anniversary to be marked in Perth

The 80th anniversary on the breakout and the subsequent fighting of the Second World War’s longest siege will be marked at Balhousie Castle in Perth tomorrow (Sunday). The 2nd Battalion The Black Watch played a key role in the latter stages of the siege of Tobruk, which ended on November […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 30

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 30

1962 By Jeannie Campbell MBE After the 1962 Argyllshire Gathering the Piping Times carried a full report of the event: “Once again the summer games season reached its culmination in the middle of September, and once again, at the beginning of the second week of the month, all roads led […]

New album from Tim / Bonar overall at Balmoral Classic

New album from Tim / Bonar overall at Balmoral Classic

US piper, Tim Cummings has released an interesting new album. The Birds’ Flight is the culmination of several years’ worth of collaboration between Tim and Pete Sutherland (fiddle, song), and Brad Kolodner (banjo). The Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist has included traditional pipe tunes restyled as Appalachian-style hoedowns and waltzes. Tim […]

Dan Nevans: A debt that can never be repaid

Dan Nevans: A debt that can never be repaid

I have never been in any branch of the armed forces. I wasn’t in the Boys’ Brigade or the Boy Scouts either. Other than playing in a pipe band I didn’t grow up with any connection to any sort of military tradition. I have friends who serve currently and have […]

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 […]