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My father the bagpiper, part 7

My father the bagpiper, part 7

In the penultimate part of our serialisation of the life of James MacHardy, piper to Queen Victoria from 1878 until 1881, his daughter, Edith Paterson takes us into the 1930s. Our second spell at Whitehouse was father’s most prolific seas of composition. I would return late from helping with a […]

The G.H.B. compared with other instruments

The G.H.B. compared with other instruments

Why is the Great Highland Bagpipe our instrument of choice? In what was originally a précis of a lecture which ‘Fergus’* delivered to the musicology department of an American university, we publish today a piece written in praise of the instrument. Comparisons are odious, but in the course of art […]

Virtual Cowal / MacGregor tunes / Hugh MacInnes photo

Virtual Cowal / MacGregor tunes / Hugh MacInnes photo

Further to yesterday’s announcement of the PipingLive! festival going online for 2020, another iconic event is following suit. Cowal Highland Gathering has announced it will run a Virtual Gathering for 2020, from August 27-29. It will stream on the Gathering’s social media and YouTube channels over the three days. Organisers […]

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 […]