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2022 British Championships to go ahead at Greenock’s Battery Park

2022 British Championships to go ahead at Greenock’s Battery Park

Geenock’s Battery Park has been confirmed as the venue for next year’s British Pipe Band Championships, the RSPBA confirmed today. Greenock is within the Inverclyde Council area in west central Scotland and overlooks the Firth of Clyde. It is downriver on the opposite side of the firth from Dumbarton where […]

Kintail rises from the ashes

Kintail rises from the ashes

The Kintail brand, which ran from 1971 until 2012, is back in business. Kintail was a well-known Scottish pipe making-company founded by Greig Sharp in 1971. After he died in 2009 his family kept the business going for a short time. Businessman and piper, Peter Weidig of Perthshire in Scotland […]

Michael Grey reviews the Silver Chanter and RCS showcase

Michael Grey reviews the Silver Chanter and RCS showcase

By Michael Grey Silver Chanter (August 7) The 55th MacCrimmon recital for the Silver Chanter was a fitting start to this year’s Piping Live! festival. With six pipers from among our very best, a well-lit stage and a breathing, drinking, honest-to-goodness live audience, festival organisers chose well. Of course, this […]

Lewis Russell, winner of the MacGregor Memorial in 2017.

2021 MacGregor Memorial finalists announced

The eight young pipers through to the final of this year’s MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd competition are: Bobby Allen, Chryston (Lament for the Viscount of Dundee)  Alistair Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada (The MacKay’s Banner) Callum Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada (The MacLeod’s Salute) Hamish Drennan, Drumnadrochit (The Red Speckled Bull) […]

Piping Live! 2021: weekend pictorial

Piping Live! 2021: weekend pictorial

Piping Live! has well and truly kicked off. The 2021 festival opened in grand style on Saturday night with the 55th Silver Chanter invitational solo piping competition, which this year was awarded to Angus MacColl Snr. Sunday afternoon’s showcase by students on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland pipng degree course […]

Norman McLeod in fine form at last Saturday's LBPS annual competition.

LBPS approaches its 40th with renewed vigour

Tonight’s Piping Live! concert by the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) is something of a milestone for the Society and for Scotland’s bellows-blown bagpipes in general. The LBPS was formed in the summer of 1981 and constituted formally two years later. Its aim was to revive Scotland’s bellow-blown lowland […]

Angus MacColl wins 2021 Silver Chanter

Angus MacColl wins 2021 Silver Chanter

Angus MacColl from Benderloch, Scotland was awarded the 2021 Silver Chanter tonight. This was the 55th year of the iconic competition. Angus was assigned the classic MacCrimmon tune, Lament for Mary MacLeod to play. He was last on. Held tonight at the National Piping Centre’s headquarters in McPhater Street, Glasgow, […]

Ian K. continues online success ‘at’ Aboyne

Ian K. continues online success ‘at’ Aboyne

“There were 40 entrants in the 2021 Aboyne Games online piping competitions, writes Dr. Jack Taylor. “This meant three heats for piobaireachd and two for light music. It was good to welcome guest judges Jack Lee, Bill Livingstone and Roddy S. MacDonald, and to have JonDon MacKenzie on the Aboyne […]

Argyllshire Gathering’s 150th anniversary: draw and prize money

Argyllshire Gathering’s 150th anniversary: draw and prize money

Further to our report last month on the Argyllshire Gathering’s invitational piping competitions to mark its 150th anniversary, organisers are now able to post the draw, judges and prize money for the respective categories is as follows: Ceòl Mòr (commences in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Breadalbane Street at 12.00 […]