Tag: Ian Duncan

NPC’s new video series / Hamish Nicholson / Pipes for sale

NPC’s new video series / Hamish Nicholson / Pipes for sale

The National Piping Centre has produced a series of videos with the aim of engaging young children who are at home, in lockdown, and who may wish to learning a new skill. The ten-part series takes complete beginners through the basic stages of learning to play the practice chanter. The […]

Jimmy McIntosh, an appreciation

Jimmy McIntosh, an appreciation

Jimmy McIntosh, who has just died, will be remembered as a major authority on piobaireachd. Yet, as many will know, Jimmy was quite late coming to the art. He only started to compete seriously when he was in his 40s. He was deeply appreciative of Robert Bell Nicol and Robert […]

Stuart Letford: Bliadhna na Cobhid

Stuart Letford: Bliadhna na Cobhid

2020, Bliadhna na Cobhid (the Year of Covid to those unfamiliar with Gaelic), the year that almost all piping activity took place in front of a laptop or Smart phone. Where every competition or band practice began like a seance: “Hello? Can you hear me … can you hear me? […]

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, 1994-2020

Alex Duncan, son of Ian and Chris Duncan, died today in hospital in Edinburgh. He was 26 years old. Alex had been in hospital for a week. Alex Duncan was a first class piper. Taught as a child by Dougie Reid, Perth and father Ian, Alex’ two biggest piping influences […]

‘Pipers’ new edition / PPBSO contests going online for 2020

A new edition of Willie Donaldson’s book, Pipers will be published in July. The book was first published in Great Britain in 2005 by Birlinn, the Edinburgh-based publishing company that’s also behind the new edition. The book – its full title is Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music […]

Pipe Major James Robertson, from the cover of the June 1961 'Piping Times'.

P.M. James Robertson’s family / Ali Levack / Irish Piobaireachd Society

Tobar an Dualchais, the archival project that digitises, catalogues and disseminates Gaelic and Scots sound recordings online, is seeking information on the surviving family of Pipe Major James Robertson, Gordon Highlanders (b. 1886-d. 1961).  Recordings of Robertson, the composer of Farewell to the Creeks, have been discovered – both spoken […]

Kayleigh Johnstone overall in Pittsburgh

Kayleigh Johnstone overall in Pittsburgh

George Balderose of the Balmoral School writes: Kayleigh Johnstone of Aurora, Ontario was the overall piping winner of the annual Balmoral Classic piping contest held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last weekend. Remarkably, her brother, Colin won the George Sherriff contest held in Ontario that same evening. As well as the trophies, […]

Just for Gordon

Just for Gordon

Just for Gordon concert at Celtic Connections 2016. On stage from left is Ian Duncan, Allan MacDonald, Lorne MacDougall, Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Gary West, Ross Ainslie, Alex Duncan and Ali Hutton