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Piping Live! returns for 2020 with a digital festival

Piping Live! returns for 2020 with a digital festival

After a summer of cancelled events, Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival has announced it will be live-streaming a mini-programme of this year’s event between August 8-14. In April, festival organisers had to cancel this year’s event due to the Coronavirus pandemic but after months of careful planning, the festival […]

J. B. with the practice chanter he later gifted to John Shone.

Famous pipers: J. B. Robertson

James Blair Robertson was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1905. He was for many years a living legend among competing pipers and when he died, in London on October 2, 1988, one of the last remaining links with the leading pipers of the 1920s and 1930s was gone. Competitively, his […]

Pipe Major J. K. McAllister and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia.

How Shotts won and lost the Worlds – on the same day!

In 2010 Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band marked its 100th anniversary. In the Piping Times of April that year, the band’s then Pipe Major, Robert Mathieson told the following story about one of the band’s great Pipe Majors, John K. McAllister. By Robert Mathieson It was Saturday, June 25, the […]

Tributes paid to Robin Fleming CBE

Tributes paid to Robin Fleming CBE

Tributes have been paid to Robin Fleming CBE who died peacefully at his Oxfordshire home on June 26 aged 87. Robin was a family patriarch and a non-executive director of a well known private banking firm, Robert Fleming & Co., whose headquarters are in London’s Mayfair. The firm had been […]

My father the bagpiper, part 6

My father the bagpiper, part 6

In this instalment of her father’s life, Edith Paterson (nee McHardy) takes the story to the 1920s and 30s. When we had been eight years at Little Drumlassie, a new laird lived at Whitehouse, and my father was invited to return as farm-manager. At the age of 62 years he […]

Famous pipers: Hugh MacInnes

Famous pipers: Hugh MacInnes

Hugh MacInnes (1949-2002) was one of the leading pipers of the 1970s and 80s. He had an outstanding record in light music and won the Former Winners’ MSR at Oban in 1982, the March in 1976, and the Strathspey and Reel in 1975. At Inverness, he won the March in […]

Sound propagation / Aboyne Games – place available

Sound propagation / Aboyne Games – place available

The second part of Alex Carruther’s article on the acoustical environment of the highland bagpipe out of doors has been uploaded to the site today. In his second part, Alex discusses how nature influences the transmission of sound. Alex’s piece appeared originally in the Piping Times over August and September […]

David Ross’ mistimed bar / The Bitch o’ Blazes query / 2021 Set Tunes

David Ross’ mistimed bar / The Bitch o’ Blazes query / 2021 Set Tunes

Roddy Livingstone’s memories of some luminaries of the London piping scene, that appeared on Monday’s Bagpipe.News, rekindled a further memory, this time from Colin MacLellan, chairman of the Solo Piping Judges’ Association. Colin writes: “When my father [Captain John A. MacLellan MBE] won one of his Northern Meeting Clasps in […]