Tag: Colin MacLellan

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

Piping societies in the modern era – Part 1, the Eagle Pipers’ Society

The 2017 College of Piping Lecture, held at the Birnam Hotel on the night before that year’s Piobaireachd Society conference, considered the role and relevance of piping organisations today. Two case studies – both based in Edinburgh, Scotland – were selected. Alan Forbes of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society spoke […]

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

Famous pipers: John D. Burgess

John Davie Burgess died in July 2005, having achieved worldwide fame as a child prodigy on the pipes before maturing into one of the foremost exponents of Scotland’s national instrument. He was born in Aberdeen on March 11, 1934 but the family moved to Edinburgh when at a young age. […]

NPC’s digitisation project extended after target exceeded in two weeks

NPC’s digitisation project extended after target exceeded in two weeks

The National Piping Centre’s (NPC) crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to have its two magazines, the Piping Times and Piping Today, digitised professionally has been exceeded. The campaign target will now be expanded to £33,500 after £31,000 was raised in just two weeks. Most piping organisations have contributed to the […]

CLASP profile: Michael Trenor

CLASP profile: Michael Trenor

• Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I’m from Columbus, Ohio, USA. I was five years old in a park when I first heard a piper. I sat and listened to him for what seamed like forever. When my mother found me I told her I […]

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

By Stuart Letford Duncan Johnstone wasn’t really one for competitions – his 1964 victory in the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series was pretty much his only foray into solo piping contests. As he put himself, “I was never interested in whether I could beat this man or the next. I […]

Stories of the Tunes: The Edinburgh Pìobaireachd

Stories of the Tunes: The Edinburgh Pìobaireachd

Piobaireachd Dhuneideann – The Edinburgh Piobaireachd – was composed by Captain John MacLellan (1921-1991) in 1981 to mark the many piping occurrences which have taken place in Scotland’s capital city over the past couple of centuries. “At the beginning of the 19th century,” MacLellan wrote in the October 1981 edition […]

Allan MacColl / Lovat-Fraser indenture

Allan MacColl / Lovat-Fraser indenture

Allan MacColl Snr., organiser of the Lochaber Gathering, has died. He was 79. He died last Friday (17th) peacefully in his sleep. Allan will be buried tomorrow at 1.00pm at Glen Nevis Cemetery, Fort William.  However, given the current coronavirus pandemic, only his immediate family will be present. Allan was […]

Bagpipe.News serialises The International Piper

Bagpipe.News serialises The International Piper

As of today, BagpipeNews is delighted to begin an occasional series of articles combed from the pages of The International Piper. We are grateful to Colin MacLellan for allowing us to delve into the pages of his parents’ short-lived monthly magazine. The International Piper was founded in 1978 by the […]

The real life of Colin MacLellan

The real life of Colin MacLellan

Piper, teacher, reed maker, judge and all-around bon vivant, Colin has spent a lifetime around bagpipes. While he’s the son of a piping legend in Captain John A, he’s done the business and won the big piping prizes — and much more.  In his life he has been a living […]