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The Piobaireachd trophy: the Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice.

Stuart Marshall wins 2020 Nicol-Brown

The results from this weekend’s Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition are: Ceòl Mòr – 1. Stuart Marshall, Stokesdale, North Carolina, pictured (The MacLeods’ Salute); 2. Tyler Destremps (I Gave A Kiss To the King’s Hand); 3. Sandy Adams (Hector MacLean’s Warning); 4. Justin Howland (The MacDougalls’ Gathering); 5. Jessica Bain […]

Piping Instructor for Lochgelly High / Margaret Stoddart poem

Piping Instructor for Lochgelly High / Margaret Stoddart poem

Lochgelly High School in Fife, Scotland is seeking a full time Piping Instructor. The school’s pipe bands have been successful in recent years and have been taught mainly by Tom Brown with assistance from Keith Robertson who is Pipe Major of the Novice Juvenile band. The new instructor will be […]

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 3

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 3

Concluding the lecture that Professor Dan MacInnes delivered to the 1998 John MacFadyen Memorial Lecture/Recital. The history of the Cape Breton fiddler as well as the related art of dance piping have received comparatively little study. There are high and low moments in this history and it has not been […]

The Pipers’ Tryst: revised opening hours

The Pipers’ Tryst: revised opening hours

The Pipers’ Tryst restaurant, one of Glasgow city centre’s leading restaurants, has revised its opening hours in light of tighter restrictions placed on Scotland’s hospitality industry announced yesterday by Scotland’s First Minister. The restaurant will close temporarily from tomorrow and ropen in just over a fortnight. A spokesman for the […]

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 2

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 2

Continuing the lecture that Professor Dan MacInnes delivered at the John MacFadyen Memorial Lecture/Recital in 1998. In those years, home was rough housing, forested land, and far too much work for a family to do alone. To survive work had to be shared. People organised their lives around their one […]

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 1

The people’s music: Cape Breton on the floor, part 1

Professor Dan MacInnes delivered the 1998 John MacFadyen Lecture/Recital. The following is the text of his talk. By Professor Dan MacInnes Tonight I have four points to make, and the pipers four tunes to play. We shall try our best to avoid controversy. The four points I shall make all […]

NPC concludes redundancy consultation – 27 staff affected

NPC concludes redundancy consultation – 27 staff affected

A total of 27 members of staff at the National Piping Centre have been made redundant as a result of reduced activity across the board caused by coronavirus pandemic. The organisation said today in a statement: “The National Piping Centre (NPC) announced on September 1, 2020 that it had commenced […]

‘Fhuair mi Pog’ by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald

‘Fhuair mi Pog’ by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald

Fhuair mi Pòg by Margaret Stewart and Allan MacDonald (Greentrax Recordings Limited CDTRAX 132). By Roderick D. Cannon. The title track begins with Allan MacDonald playing the song version of the famous piobaireachd (I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand) on the full Highland bagpipe; then as the sound […]

(L. to R.) Mr. Alastair B. Murray (Production Director, William Grant & Sons); Sally Grant Gordon (daughter of William Grant's Chairman, Mr. A. Grant Gordon); Pipe Major Gavin Stoddart and His Grace the Duke of Atholl who presented the prize.

The playing at Blair – a look back at the 1988 Glenfiddich

The late 1980s was a period of transition in piping. In 1987 the 78th Fraser Highlanders became the first overseas pipe band to win the World Pipe Band Championships and in 1988 Ottawa-born Amy Garson would be the first female invited to compete at the Glenfiddich. The 1988 Glenfiddich was […]