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Northern Meeting kicks off in style

Northern Meeting kicks off in style

Competing pipers, judges, supporters, sponsors and organisers joined together tonight at a civic reception to mark the commencement of the Northern Meeting, writes Stuart Letford. At the reception in Inverness Town Hall, speeches were made by Councillor Bet McCalister who coincidentally represents the ward where the great John MacDonald of […]

SPA contests span the generations

SPA contests span the generations

Next weekend is a busy one for the Scottish Pipers’ Association, now celebrating its centenary. Firstly, pipers aged 60+ are being invited to “have a go” at next weekend’s annual Adult Amateur and Veterans Competition organised by the Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA). The ‘Veterans’ contest takes place next Friday (September […]

Springbank reaches 20 years

Springbank reaches 20 years

The Springbank Invitational this year marks 20 years since the first competition was held. The inaugural event was held as a celebration of the Royal Burgh of Campbeltown, Scotland’s tercentenary and has taken place annually since. For many years the competition was held in the town’s Argyll Arms but in […]

For love nor money

For love nor money

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #59, 2012. What makes us do what we do? Cross a street with the red man aglow, hold the door open for someone, jump the queue at an airport check-in? We might be in a rush, we might just love people — or […]

Lochaber results

Lochaber results

Sean McKeown, right, was the overall winner yesterday at the Lochaber Gathering which was held once again in the Nevis Centre in Fort William. Sean, from Ontario, beat 10 other quality competitors for the Gold Lochaber Axe for Piobaireachd. He also gained two other firsts. Earlier this year, organisers changed […]

MacColl wins 2019 Capt. John MacLellan Memorial

MacColl wins 2019 Capt. John MacLellan Memorial

[Updated with group photo] Angus D. MacColl won the 2019 Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Competition held last night at the Waldorf-Astoria Caledonia Hotel in Edinburgh His winning tune was The Phantom Piper of Corrieyairick. In the Piping Times of June 2005 Lt Col D.J.S. Murray wrote about the […]

Calum Brown takes the Lonach

Calum Brown takes the Lonach

One of Scotland’s most iconic and historic highland games, the 178th Lonach Gathering, took place today in Bellabeg in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, writes our correspondent. Bellabeg is roughly 40 miles west from Aberdeen. It was a humid and sunny day and a most enjoyable one for the large crowd. The day […]