Tag: James Center

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

Memoirs of Archie MacNeill, part 2

The first lessons MacLeod and I had from Roderick Fraser were often interrupted when he would send us into Helensburgh for a jar of beer, which he would consume with a pot of potatoes and salt herring boiled together, and being fortified with this he would then proceed to play […]

Covid-19: the game changer

Covid-19: the game changer

By Stuart Letford for Bagpipe.News Prepare for the long haul regarding the Coronavirus, folks. That was the message from a webinar discussion into the future of piping and pipe bands post-Covid-19. Further, there is a chance there may be no pipe band competitions held in 2021. The webinar took place […]

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 […]

The Simon Fraser letters 5

The Simon Fraser letters 5

From The International Piper, June 1981. Letter from Dr. Charles Bannatyne, answering John Grant. Salsburgh, by Holytown, October 9th 1911. Sir, Mr. Grant, in your issue of 7th inst., makes the statement that I claim to be one of two men living who “understand the MacCrimmon secrets.” Would your correspondent […]

Who was Simon Fraser?

Who was Simon Fraser?

We have uploaded some letters that will interest the ceòl mòr enthusiast. The letters were published in The International Piper over several months in 1980 and 1981 and are correspondence between Simon Fraser (1844-1934) and others. Simon Fraser was a pupil of Peter Bruce, Glenelg, who in turn was a […]