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History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 41

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 41

1976 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE The Gathering had remained unchanged for many years but 1976 marked a watershed with the first of several big changes coming in the force. In January 1976 Seumas MacNeill wrote: “1976 is going to be – for piping at least – a great deal different […]

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 39

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 39

1974 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE This year there was a change in the rules for the major competitions. Competitors in the Open event at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Clasp at the Northern Meeting were required to submit six tunes from this list of twelve: Craigellachie, Lament for Colin Roy […]

Stuart Letford: My month

Stuart Letford: My month

It looks like this winter will be a long one. COVID-19 is on the rise again throughout Europe and beyond. Statistics a fortnight ago revaled the UK as the leading region globally for new cases yet this wasn’t mentioned by the country’s state broadcaster, the BBC. There seems to be […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 31

1963-1964 By Jeannie Campbell MBE For 1963 five tunes were set for the Open Piobaireachd and competitors were required to choose four. The tunes were Salute on the Birth of Rory Mòr MacLeod, The Old Woman’s Lullaby, The Sister’s Lament, The Park Piobaireachd (No. 1) and Nameless (from Colin Campbell’s […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 16

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 16

1931-1932 By Jeannie Campbell In 1931 the games and balls of the Argyllshire Gathering were held on September 9 and 10. As usual, the Gaelic concert was held on the evening prior to the Gathering (Tuesday 8). Oban had been enjoying a month of glorious weather and this continued during the […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 14

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 14

1926-1927 By Jeannie Campbell The first report of the 1926 Gathering appeared in The Scotsman ofSeptember 15: “The Argyllshire Gathering is taking place at Oban this week, and the county gentry and their friends from all parts have since Monday been assembling in Oban. Last night the annual Gaelic concert, which […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 13

By Jeannie Campbell 1923-1925 In 1923 the Games and Balls were held on September 12 and 13. The opening day was showery and the ground was not in particularly good condition, but there was a large crowd of people present, including the Duke of Argyll, the President of the Gathering. […]

Dan Nevans reviews Ross Ainslie’s ‘Vana’

Dan Nevans reviews Ross Ainslie’s ‘Vana’

I don’t do drugs. Expanding the horizons of my consciousness with chemicals has never seemed as interesting as expanding my consciousness with more corporeal, external media. But, if I did want to smoke DMT or rub mushrooms on my temples until time becomes a visible substance, I’d do it to […]

A flavour of the 2020 Glenfiddich

A flavour of the 2020 Glenfiddich

By Stuart Letford Ever wondered what it would be like to have a private recital given by our ten best pipers? Well, that’s almost what I experienced last Friday at Blair Castle where this year’s Glenfiddich, the 47th, was held behind closed doors. By now, you will no doubt have […]

SPSL online competition /   New album from Ross Ainslie

SPSL online competition / New album from Ross Ainslie

The details for the Scottish Piping Society of London’s online solo piping competition are now available on its website. The competition will include C Grade ((Piobaireachd and MSR) and Open Amateur categories as well as SPSL member events (Piobaireachd, March, Strathspey and Reel, and 6/8 March). There will be a […]