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SPA votes Logan Tannock as new President

SPA votes Logan Tannock as new President

Logan Tannock was voted the new President of the Scottish Pipers’ Association at the organisation’s annual general meeting last night. Logan, who lives in Clackmannanshire in central Scotland, takes over from Tom Johnstone who did not seek re-nomination. Logan was previous Vice-President. Logan is well known face in the piping […]

RSPBA: OSCR closes its file

RSPBA: OSCR closes its file

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has confirmed to bagpipe.news that it will not proceed with a formal inquiry into the financial affairs the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.” Its spokesman, Ian Grieve said in a statement: “‘OSCR has reviewed the requested information provided by the charity and […]

Donald Lindsay – piping on another planet, part 1

Donald Lindsay – piping on another planet, part 1

Last August, I arrived with my family on Ascension Island. Ascension is a small island, roughly the size of Benbecula, sitting alone in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Its nearest neighbour, St Helena, is about 800 miles away to the south east while the coasts of Brazil and […]

Pipe Major James Robertson, from the cover of the June 1961 'Piping Times'.

P.M. James Robertson’s family / Ali Levack / Irish Piobaireachd Society

Tobar an Dualchais, the archival project that digitises, catalogues and disseminates Gaelic and Scots sound recordings online, is seeking information on the surviving family of Pipe Major James Robertson, Gordon Highlanders (b. 1886-d. 1961).  Recordings of Robertson, the composer of Farewell to the Creeks, have been discovered – both spoken […]

Tone and manufacturing methods

Tone and manufacturing methods

What is going on inside our drones? This interesting article from 1958 touches on that subject as well as on distortion, tone, pitch and sound waves, subjects most pipers don’t understand as fully as they’d like to think. By Bill Jones and James McColl* Before delving into this article too […]