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The respiratory stress of playing the bagpipes

By T. M. Gibson (introduced by J. Ernsting). R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, Hants Pipers contend that playing the bagpipes is extremely strenuous. Cases have been experienced by piping teachers of neophytes fainting while trying to play the pipes. Watson (1972) suggested that hypocapnia caused the faintness. He reported […]

McCallum Bagpipes mark 20 years

McCallum Bagpipes mark 20 years

McCallum Bagpipes celebrated their 20th anniversary with a concert and ceilidh in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock on October 20, 2018. There were 300 invited guests, and after they were welcomed by Kenny MacLeod and Stuart McCallum, they were treated to music from the Grade 1 Johnstone Pipe Band, folk-rock […]

Arranging tunes with Finlay MacDonald

Arranging tunes with Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald is Head of Piping Studies BA (Scottish Music — Piping) degree course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has been in demand as a performer and has toured with top Scottish bands such as Deaf Shepherd, Battlefield Band and Old Blind Dogs, and, as well as having […]

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Piper and multi-instrumentalist, Calum MacCrimmon of Scottish folk band Breabach, who were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 ‘Best Band’ Folk award of 2011, talks about the importance of having a concert pitch B-flat chanter. Calum attended Celtic Connections in 2004 as part of The National Youth Pipe Band of […]

Pipe Major John McLellan DCM of Dunoon (1875-1949)

Pipe Major John McLellan DCM of Dunoon (1875-1949)

By P/M Jim Henderson John McLellan, as I remember him, was a very shy and quiet individual, not given to pushing himself or promoting the great talent he possessed. Besides being a quite outstanding bagpipe music composer, he wrote songs, was a poet of some distinction and had a great […]

Pipers Meeting

Pipers Meeting

New Tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd By Patrick Molard & Jack Taylor The last few years have smiled on the piobaireachd community, with a number of new collections and books published. These include Jimmy McIntosh’s collection, book 16 of the Piobaireachd Society collection, the new Sidelights on the Kilberry Book […]

Preposterous – Tales to Follow

Preposterous – Tales to Follow

A Memoir by Bill Livingstone. In the introduction to this book, Livingstone quotes David Sedaris saying: “A memoir is the last place you’d expect to find the truth.” This well thought out and classy statement sets up the understatement and humility I have found in these pages. I have a […]

Chef has right recipe to help charity

Chef has right recipe to help charity

The head chef at The National Piping Centre – Eddie Shaw – has served up a delicious recipe for a cook book in aid of a Glasgow hospice. His dish of Walnut Crusted Salmon with Sweet Potato, Kale Bon Bons and Spinach Pesto will feature in Glasgow Cooks Better, which […]

Panfried Lamb Cutlets

Panfried Lamb Cutlets

Here’s another recipe for you to try from the menu of the Pipers’ Tryst restaurant at The National Piping Centre’s base in Glasgow. Head chef, Eddie Shaw reveals how to make Panfried Lamb Cutlets and pear chutney with Dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables, which is a popular dish from the A […]