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Piping in London – Part 5

Piping in London – Part 5

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In June 1855, the Club of True Highlanders held its annual gathering at Blackheath in south east London. In addition to shinty, other games and sports were included and as before there was some piping. One report stated, “… the athletic exertions of a goodly number […]

Oban, Inverness entries open / Queen’s jubilee time change

Oban, Inverness entries open / Queen’s jubilee time change

Organisers of the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting advise that entries for next year’s competitions can now be submitted online at their respective websites. Entries for the Open competitions (Gold Medal, Silver Medal and March, Strathspey and Reel A and B) must be lodged according to the published timetable. January […]

Jeannie’s book sells out! / Peter Sim info. sought

Jeannie’s book sells out! / Peter Sim info. sought

Jeannie Campbell MBE, the well known piping historian, tells us that the initial print run of her incredible book, Pipe Bands, has now sold out completely. The major publication, which racks up a staggering 856 pages, was printed in mid-September. Jeannie, pictured with her book, tells us she is currently […]

Famous pipers: the MacIntyre family

Famous pipers: the MacIntyre family

Those who have bought a copy of the inaugural Piping Times Annual will have read historian, Keith Sanger’s article on the myth of pipers formerly living rent-free. One of the case studies Keith focuses on is Donald Roy MacIntyre, the Earl of Breadalbane’s piper in the late 17th century. This […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 33

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 33

1966-67 By Jeannie Campbell MBE The set tunes for the Open Piobaireachd at the 1966 Argyllshire Gathering were: The MacDougalls’ Gathering, Lament for the Union, The Park Piobaireachd, No. 2, Lament for the Laird of Anapool, Beloved Scotland and Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie. Three were to be submitted. Arrangements […]

CLASP profile: Grant Walker

CLASP profile: Grant Walker

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I live in East Lothian, Scotland and I started learning way back in 1978 at the local band, Monktonhall Colliery from Prestonpans.   How has the pandemic affected your piping personally?I struggled quite a bit to keep going. It wasn’t just […]

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Allan MacDonald honoured at Scots Trad Awards / PPBSO AGM

Legendary piper, Allan MacDonald received the Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards last night. Director of Piping at the National Piping Centre, Finlay MacDonald presented MacDonald with his award. Allan MacDonald [pictured], a former lecturer on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Scottish Academy […]

Piping in London – Part 4

Piping in London – Part 4

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In early 1851 members of the Highland Society of London met in the Freemasons’ Tavern in Great Queen Street to discuss the annual Scottish Fête at Holland Park. The previous gatherings had lost money and there were calls to reform the Society. A committee was nominated […]

Famous pipers: Neville and Ian MacKay

Famous pipers: Neville and Ian MacKay

 Neville and Ian MacKay – pioneers of piobaireachd in New Zealand. By John Hanning This is the story of how two brothers from the country town of Waipawa in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, together laid the foundations for organised instruction and development of the playing of piobaireachd in New Zealand. […]