Tag: College of Piping

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 […]

An en-chanting evening

An en-chanting evening

By Keith Mumby I’d like to communicate a very pleasurable experience I had recently which took me nearer the heart of the spirit of piobaireachd than anything so far to date. I was at the College [of Piping] for a couple of days’ tuition under Duncan Johnstone (my, doesn’t he […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 21

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 21

1948 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1948, the Gaelic Concert took place in Oban Old Parish Church Hall on the evening of the first day of the Gathering. Sir Charles MacLean Bt., Duart Castle, Chief of the MacLeans, presided. The programme included Oban Gaelic Choir plus various other vocal and […]

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 […]

The treasure-house of the Piping Times

The treasure-house of the Piping Times

By Hugh Cheape No profession of substance and reputation can be without its magazine or journal. This supplies the focus and forum for discussion for an interest group and gives shape and expression to its identity. The Piping Times performed this function with its regular output of news and current […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 7

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 7

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The “Piobaireachd Society of Scotland” gave notice in the autumn of 1903 that it would hold a competition at the 1904 Argyllshire Gathering at which it would award a total of £30 in prizes. The first prize shall be £20 and a Gold Medal, second prize […]

Willie Gilmour / NYPBoS auditions

Willie Gilmour / NYPBoS auditions

We are saddened to learn of the death of Willie Gilmour, aged 80. Willie had a long association with the College of Piping that included spells as a teacher and as a member of its executive committee. Willie was also a popular piping instructor in the schools of east Ayrshire. […]

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 […]

Jimmy McIntosh, 1925-2021

Jimmy McIntosh, 1925-2021

James Haddow McIntosh, a true piping legend, died suddently this morning at home in South Carolina, USA, aged 95. Born in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, one of four siblings. Jimmy’s father had arranged for Jimmy to receive his early piping tuition from Pipe Major Tom Sutherland, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Jimmy […]

Norman the comedian.

Famous pipers: Norman MacLean

Norman MacKinnon MacLean was born in the Tradeston area of Glasgow on Boxing Day in 1936 to Neil MacLean (a merchant seaman and a native of Tiree) and Margaret (Peigi) MacKinnon (from North Uist), but due to the time of year his birth wasn’t registered until early January, 1937. He […]