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Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

Stuart Letford reviews ‘I Piped That She Might Dance’

I’ve long thought that Angus MacKay’s life would make for a great film. It has it all: sex, drugs (well, alcohol), rock n’ roll and a young death. Angus went from a childhood of poverty to an adolescence spent frequenting palaces and hobnobbing with the great and good of his […]

Piping in London – Part 1

Piping in London – Part 1

By Jeannie Campbell MBE In the early years of the 19th century there were several Scottish groups in London. Many of these were benevolent societies, giving their profits to relieve the suffering of destitute Scots in London. Several Scottish cities had similar societies. Many of the gentlemen involved were the […]

The Edinburgh Competition of 1784

The Edinburgh Competition of 1784

One of the earliest piping competitions took place in Edinburgh in 1784 and was organised by the Highland Society of London. It had actually been intended to hold the contest at Falkirk but a decision was made at the last minute to move it to Edinburgh. The competition took place […]

The works of Angus MacKay (Raasay) – Part 1

The works of Angus MacKay (Raasay) – Part 1

The literature of the Highland bagpipe The works of Angus MacKay (Raasay) – Part 1(Introduction) By Captain John A. MacLellan Angus Mackay of Raasay has been described by the late Archibald Campbell of Kilberry as one of the two most important pipers in 19th century piping. I would go further […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

With most of us self-isolating during these uncertain times, there is, perhaps inevitably, a dearth of news to report. However, we at Bagpipe.news will continue to use this time to bring you great articles from our archives. Today’s piece was written by Dr Peter Cooke and published in The International […]

The image of an unchanging art form

The image of an unchanging art form

Part 2 of Iain MacInnes’s 2000 John MacFadyen Lecture Competition is very much part and parcel of the piping culture here in Scotland, and its shaped not just the music, but also the style of performance. It all goes back to 1781, when the Highland Society of London started the […]

Irish pipers and Scotland

Irish pipers and Scotland

By Keith Sanger It would be surprising given the interconnections between Scotland and Ireland over many centuries, if pipers had not crossed over between the two countries. Yet apart from a few tantalising early references, it is in the accounts of the Highland Society of London that we find the […]