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Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell and Finlay MacDonald on the BBC Scotland 9pm news

Alastair Campbell, the former Downing Street Press Secretary and Official Spokesperson to Prime Minister Tony Blair, has made a plea for the Ukrainian national anthem to be played on the Highland pipes when Scotland’s national football team meets Ukraine. The game will take place at Hampden Park on June 1 […]

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

Theory Top-Up: compressing tunes with high-Bs

By TIM CUMMINGS Piping Today #81, 2016. In the previous round of this Theory Top-Up series, we began to look at familiar tunes whose original melodies spanned beyond the nine-note range of the standard Scottish pipe chanter.  The word ‘compression’ was introduced as a way of describing the process of […]

Jack Taylor’s 2020 vision and a postcard from 2022

Jack Taylor’s 2020 vision and a postcard from 2022

In the final ever edition of the Piping Today magazine published in May 2020, a wide range of people were asked to give their 2020 vision for piping going forward. They were all sent a list of questions and asked to choose one to answer in no more than 200 […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 42

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 42

1977 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE Competitors in the Northern Meeting Clasp Competition and the Argyllshire Gathering Open Piobaireachd competition in 1977 were required to select and submit four from the following list of six tunes: Sobieski’s Salute, The Stewarts’ White Banner,  Mary’s Praise, The MacDonalds’ Salute (the tune Fannet would […]

Michael Grey’s Notes: Piping in later life – no excuses

Michael Grey’s Notes: Piping in later life – no excuses

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. Piping Today #74, 2015. My Dad always said that life moves forward at a pace in tandem with a person’s age.  So when you’re 10, life seems to move along at a grindingly slow 10mph. At 10 a kid feels like it’ll take forever for […]

Album review: Ross Miller ‘The Roke’

Album review: Ross Miller ‘The Roke’

THE ROKE CD Review by Stuart Milne. Piping Today #100, 2020. Ross Miller is a great example of what it means to be a modern piper. As Ross explains in the sleeve notes to his debut solo album, The Roke, his early musical background was purely in pipe bands (formerly Peoples […]