Tag: Archie Kenneth

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 2, the RSPS

In the second part of the 2017 College of Piping Lecture, ALAN FORBES talked about the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. At the start of Alan’s presentation, the audience was treated to a performance of Roddy Campbell’s Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society by Andrew Frater, Robert Frater and John Frater. The Scottish […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 34

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 34

1968 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1968, competitors in the Open Competition at the Argyllshire Gathering and in the Clasp Competition at the Northern Meeting were required to submit four tunes from a list of six. The tunes were: Mrs. MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute, Rory MacLeod’s Lament, MacDonald’s Salute, Lament […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 27

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 27

1956-57 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1956 the tunes for the Open competition were Nameless (Book 8), The End of the Little Bridge, The Daughter’s Lament, Craigellachie, Lament for the Duke of Hamilton, The Red Speckled Bull, The Stewarts’ White Banner and Lament for The Harp Tree, from which four […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 22

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 22

1949-1950 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1949, competitors for the Open Piobaireachd had to offer four tunes, The End of the Great Bridge, Lament for MacDonald’s Tutor, Scarce of Fishing and The Vaunting. For the Gold Medal no tunes were listed but for the Northern Meeting Gold Medal the requirement […]

PS hopes for in-person, members-only Archie Kenneth Quaich in 2021

PS hopes for in-person, members-only Archie Kenneth Quaich in 2021

The 29th annual amateur piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021, writes Dr Peter McCalister of the Piobaireachd Society. We hope to hold it in the usual venue, the rooms of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society at 127 Rose Street Lane South, […]

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay

Stories of the Tunes – Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay

Donald ‘Duaghal’ MacKay was born in the old Tongue House in Sutherland, Scotland in 1591. His father, Uisdean was the 13th chief of the MacKays and Donald succeeded him as 14th chief on Uisdean’s death in 1614. Donald was knighted in 1616 and became 1st Lord Reay in 1628, the […]

Who was the Earl of Antrim? – Part 2

Who was the Earl of Antrim? – Part 2

A discussion on the possible influence ofScottish and Irish ceòl mòr on each other By Frank Timoney And what of the strange testimony by Dennis Hempson? In 1792, the Belfast city fathers finally realised in probable grateful relief, that the ancient tradition of Irish harp playing was about to disappear […]

Entries open for the 2020 Archie Kenneth Quaich

Entries open for the 2020 Archie Kenneth Quaich

Entries are now open for next year’s Archie Kenneth Quaich amateur pibroch competition. The competition is organised by The Piobaireachd Society in memory of Archie Kenneth (1915-1989) who was a member of its Music Committee and almost single-handedly compiled Books 11, 12, 13 and 14 and most of 15. The […]

Peter McCalister reviews ‘Pipers Meeting’

Peter McCalister reviews ‘Pipers Meeting’

• From the October 2017 Piping Times By Peter McCalister Jack Taylor and Patrick Molard have done a masterful job of ‘translating’ the remaining unpublished tunes in Colin Campbell’s two volumes of canntaireachd. Several generations of pipers, including the influential Archie Kenneth, suggested that these tunes “lacked musical merit” but […]

Playing it by the book

Playing it by the book

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #49, 2010. Bagpipe music publishers will never experience the mass market appeal of a Stieg Larsson (can you imagine?).  But when it comes to supporting the health and vibrancy of the music, they are every bit as important as the mainstream print houses. […]