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SPA Professional contest changes

SPA Professional contest changes

This year’s Scottish Pipers’ Association marks its 100th year by introducing a new format for its annual Professional solo piping contest which takes place on Saturday, April 13. The Open category has been dispensed with and instead the competition will be graded. SPA President Tom Johnstone, said: “We felt that […]

ScottishPower Pipe Band after winning the 2018 British Pipe Championships held in Paisley.

ScottishPower pre-Worlds concert

ScottishPower Pipe Band will headline this year’s pre-Worlds pipe band concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The band, now in its 30th year of sponsorship by the utility company, last headlined this show in 2011. Kurt Mackintosh of promoters, Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, said: “Scottish Power is known for […]

Oban 2017. The annual march through the town to Mossfield Park for the light music competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering is led by the previous day’s winner of the Gold Medal and Silver Medal.

Pipers for Oban and Inverness announced

The pipers who will compete for the Gold and Silver Medals at this year’s Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting have been confirmed. They are: Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal Xavier Boderiou; Calum Brown; Finlay Cameron; Greig Canning; Kristopher Coyle; Jason Craig; John Dew; Jacob Dicker; Pipe Major Ben Duncan; Andrew Ferguson; […]

Donald McPhee's premises were in the Royal Arcade, Hope Street, Glasgow. Later, the premises were taken over by Peter Henderson. McPhee published a bagpipe tutor, a collection of light music and two collections of piobaireachd. His name appears in the books as 'MacPhee' but he stamped his pipes 'McPhee' and had even used the spellings 'McPhe' and 'McFie'.

Donald MacPhee – the forgotten man in piping

By Seumas MacNeill Probably no period in the history of piping will see such changes as did the 19th century. At the beginning of it, all pipers were Gaelic-speaking highlanders, solo performers whose repertoire consisted almost entirely of piobaireachd. All teaching was by canntaireachd, for no piper could read staff […]

Uist and Barra 2019 results

Uist and Barra 2019 results

There was a great day of piping on Saturday 2nd March at The National Piping Centre Otago Street for the Uist and Barra Annual Invitational Competition. Congratulations to Finlay Johnston who was the overall winner, winning both the Piobaireachd and MSR events. Here are the full results: Piobaireachd 1st Finlay […]

Tom Peterkin is presented with the Archie Kenneth Quaich by Alan Forbes, Secretary of the Music Committee of The Piobaireachd Society.

Peterkin wins Archie Kenneth Quaich

Tom Peterkin won the 27th Archie Kenneth Quaich, the annual amateur pìobaireachd competition run by The Pìobaireachd Society. Peterkin, who has now won this competition four times, played Melbank’s Salute. 26 competed. The competition took place on February 23 in the historic rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society in […]