Tag: Jack Taylor

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

Famous pipers: Dr. Roddy Ross

By ANDRA NOBLE Roderick – Roddy – Sutherland Ross, who died in Grimsby, Lincolnshire on August 13, 2016, aged 95, was a well known name in piping. He was a noted piper and author of Binneas is Boreraig, the acclaimed six-volume work on the piping of Malcolm Macpherson. Roddy, pictured […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

1970-1971 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1970, the Gathering took place on August 26-27. The set tunes for the Open and Clasp competitions were The Big Spree (including tripling and Crunluath variations), Lord Lovat’s Lament, Craigellachie, Nameless (Hiharin Odin Hiharin Dro), Clanranald’s Salute and The Prince’s Salute. Four were to […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 3

By Roderick D. Cannon When attempting to compare Gesto’s canntaireachd staff notation we have some helpful resources which we can call upon. There are some other written records of canntaireachd, especially one compiled by Angus MacKay consisting of short quotations of tunes. They are quite possibly from Angus’s father, but […]

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 1

The music of John MacCrimmon, part 1

The music of John MacCrimmon – the ‘Gesto Canntaireachd The 2015 College of Piping Lecture took place at the Birnam Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland in March of that year. Professor Roderick – Roddy – Cannon, who had been preparing his latest book for publication – The music of John MacCrimmon […]

Jack’s tribute to Jimmy / Boney line up / Balmoral band offer

Jack’s tribute to Jimmy / Boney line up / Balmoral band offer

Jack Taylor today adds to the many tributes and memories of Jimmy McIntosh we have received since Jimmy’s passing earlier this week. Jimmy knew Jimmy for many years and, like, Jimmy, was a pupil of the Bobs of Balmoral. Jack writes: “Jimmy talked online to the Piobaireachd Society last summer. […]

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

Dr Jack Taylor reviews ‘Binneas is Boreraig’

This new edition of Binneas is Boreraig reincarnates the most innovative written piobaireachd collection of the 20th century. It is the only one showing tunes precisely as they were played by a master. And it shows them exceptionally well. ‘Binneas is Boreraig’ means ‘Melody and Boreraig’. The original edition, published […]

Gill Cairns and Bob Low: The view from the other side of the lens

Gill Cairns and Bob Low: The view from the other side of the lens

The whole experience on online piping competitions is something many of us are quickly getting used to. For those who haven’t experienced this, CLASP member Gill Cairns and CLASP alumnus Bob Low recount their recent experiences ‘stewarding’ at two of them. We will follow this with the experiences of competitors. […]

Sound propagation / Aboyne Games – place available

Sound propagation / Aboyne Games – place available

The second part of Alex Carruther’s article on the acoustical environment of the highland bagpipe out of doors has been uploaded to the site today. In his second part, Alex discusses how nature influences the transmission of sound. Alex’s piece appeared originally in the Piping Times over August and September […]

Aboyne going online for 2020

Aboyne going online for 2020

Aboyne Games is running the open Piobaireachd and MSR competitions online for this year. Only professional pipers 18 and over are eligible. There will be a limit on the numbers of players entering, however. Piping Convenor, Jack Taylor said: “We’ll have to limit the competition to about 30 players. If […]

‘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 […]