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Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 1

Archie MacNeill (1879-1962), is probably best known as the composer of Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban, The Detroit Highlanders, David Ross of Rosehall and a few other great tunes that have stood the test of time. Archie, though, was an important figure in piping and, in fact, could be regarded […]

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Dan Nevans reviews ‘The Stout Collection’

Three Orkney businesses all contributed to bringing you this very well presented book: The Orkney Brewery, Sheila Fleet Jewellery and The Brig Larder restaurant. I suppose that’s a sign of the character of this collection as a whole. To me, the central themes that radiate from this collection are Family, […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

By Jeannie Campbell 1923-1925 In 1923 the Games and Balls were held on September 12 and 13. The opening day was showery and the ground was not in particularly good condition, but there was a large crowd of people present, including the Duke of Argyll, the President of the Gathering. […]

Piping Live! 2021 launched

Piping Live! 2021 launched

This year’s Piping Live! festival was launched today in Glasgow, Scotland. The festival will take place over nine days between August 7-15, 2021. Like last year’s festival, this year’s programme will be online, in response to current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidelines. However, if restrictions allow by August, a live audience […]

RSPBA issues COVID-19 advice for pipe bands

RSPBA issues COVID-19 advice for pipe bands

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) is advising pipe band members to acquaint themselves with the COVID-19 guidance of their respective governments ahead of a much anticipated return to pipe band practices. The guidance is of particular relevance to bands in the four constituent countries of the UK. Bands […]

Aboyne online for 2021 / Together with Music / Donald Drone

Aboyne online for 2021 / Together with Music / Donald Drone

Aboyne Highland Games will hold its piping competitions online for the second consecutive year. Entries are open now. Pipers are required to record their performances separately, upload them to YouTube then send the Unlisted urls to Jack Taylor by midnight (UK time) on July 14. The winning performances will be […]

Oban and Inverness cancelled for 2021

Oban and Inverness cancelled for 2021

The Argyllshire Gathering and The Northern Meeting will not go ahead this year. On behalf of The Northern Meeting, Alan Forbes (Piping Convenor) said in a short statement: “With great regret, the Northern Meeting Piping Committee has decided to cancel the competition again this year due to the ongoing uncertainty […]