Tag: LBPS

Bag and bellows from past to present

Bag and bellows from past to present

We can thank the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) for the successful revivial of bellows-blown bagpipes that’s taken place in Scotland in recent years. The Society was founded by a handful of enthusiasts in Glasgow in the early 1980s. At the time, the instrument and the pipe music of […]

Members of the LBPS committee playing at Arbroath Abbey earlier today.

LBPS’ musical ‘declaration’ to mark Scottish milestone

The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) today marked in music a major milestone in Scottish history. The major milestone was the 700th anniversary of the so-called Declaration of Arbroath, the letter that was submitted to Pope John XXII in Avignon, France in the spring of 1320. The letter was […]

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, one of Scotland’s greatest ambassadors for its piping and culture, died this morning. He was 70 and had been in hospital for a few weeks with various health issues. Iain was born in Glasgow to parents who were born on Great Bernera, just off the Isle of Lewis. […]

Coronavirus: SPA, LBPS, RSPS events postponed/cancelled

Coronavirus: SPA, LBPS, RSPS events postponed/cancelled

More piping events have been either postponed or cancelled due to the concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The Scottish Pipers’ Association’s two competitions have been postponed and its forthcoming monthly Club Night has been cancelled. All three were due to take place at the National Piping Centre’s campuses in […]

The Army’s role and a bright future for the piping art

The Army’s role and a bright future for the piping art

Iain MacInnes concludes his 2000 John MacFadyen Lecture One irony of the current pipe band situation is that, at the same time as civilian bands have carried the music round the globe, and have put down firm roots, the cultural institution that created pipe bands, the British Army, has slowly […]

Hamish Moore: Colin Ross, an appreciation

Hamish Moore: Colin Ross, an appreciation

By Hamish Moore I first encountered Colin Ross at a concert in Edinburgh where he was playing fiddle with The High Level Ranters; what an inspirational evening for me. I was hearing, for the first time, Northumbrian pipes, fiddle, accordion and guitar as an ensemble. Colin’s enormous legacy to the […]