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John Channon.

Forres stalwart to be chieftain at games

A piper who was once pitted against Scotland’s high jump champion at the Forres Highland Games and has worked tirelessly to encourage young people into piping and drumming has been chosen as this year’s Forres Highland Games’ chieftain. John Channon, the chairman of the Forres and District Pipe Band said […]

Change of venue for Lewis & Harris junior comp.

Change of venue for Lewis & Harris junior comp.

There will be a change of venue for this year’s annual junior piping competition organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society. The competition will move to the Nicolson Institute after outgrowing its previous venue at the Grianan Day Centre. The date for this year’s competition is Saturday, June 8. […]

Gael Rutkowski

Gael Rutkowski

G ael Rutkowski of Duo Lagrange Rutkowski at Piping Live! 2013. Gael and his musical partner, Seb Lagrange, have been invited to the festival on a few occasions and their high-octane blend of traditional French dance music is a big favourite with Piping Live! audiences. The duo are pictured below […]

Going home

Going home

By Andrew Bova The second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s 9th Symphony will likely be more commonly known to pipers as the theme of the tune Going Home, which I’ve been called on to play at funerals on a number of occasions. This theme, while frequently thought of as a folk […]

NPC cook crowned Hotel Chef of the Year

NPC cook crowned Hotel Chef of the Year

Eddie Shaw, Head Chef at The National Piping Centre (NPC), won Hotel Chef of the Year at last night’s Scottish Hotel Awards. Eddie, who has been Head Chef at the NPC for over a decade, faced stiff competition from across the country to take the title. Last week, the NPC’s […]

Boghall & Bathgate at last year's Worlds.

Grade 1 format for Worlds

The RSPBA announced today that the format of this year’s Grade 1 competitions at the World Pipe Band Championships will change IF it receives entries from 17 bands or less. If so, the following will apply: • All bands are to play on the Friday – MSR in the morning/ […]

SPA Knockout

SPA Knockout

This Saturday evening – May 4 – sees Stuart Liddell and Gordon McCready play in the first heat of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) ‘knockout’ series for the Piping Times Trophy. Stuart is the current holder of the trophy. The other invited players in the series are Cameron McDougall and […]

RURA

RURA

IN PRAISE OF HOME. CD Review by Chris MacKenzie. Piping Today #92, 2018. In contravention of the normal progression of bands in the Scottish traditional scene, Rura have taken songs out of their album rather than put more in. In Praise of Home is Rura’s third album and their first completely […]

The great pinkie debate

The great pinkie debate

• From the December 1996 Piping Times. The letter from Mr. F. Kenneth about the open C/closed C reminds us that over 50 years ago almost all pipers, apart from competing pipers, played the open C. Seumas MacNeill published the following article in his usual forthright manner in the Piping […]