Tag: Malcolm McRae

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 40

History of the Argyllshire Gathering part 40

1975 BY JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE Competitors in the Open and Clasp competitions in 1975 were required to submit four tunes from this list of six: The Battle of Glensheil, The Sister’s Lament, Nameless, Hihio-tro tro, The  Park  Piobaireachd  No. 1, The  Old Woman’s Lullaby and Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor. For […]

The Campbell Letters – a new publication

The Campbell Letters – a new publication

Piobaireachd enthusiasts need no introduction to James Campbell and to his father, Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, the compiler of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor and editor of Books 2 to 10 of the Piobaireachd Society Collection. Before his death in 2003, James Campbell had given a collection of his […]

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 […]

Jimmy McIntosh, 1925-2021

Jimmy McIntosh, 1925-2021

James Haddow McIntosh, a true piping legend, died suddently this morning at home in South Carolina, USA, aged 95. Born in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, one of four siblings. Jimmy’s father had arranged for Jimmy to receive his early piping tuition from Pipe Major Tom Sutherland, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Jimmy […]

(L. to R.) Mr. Alastair B. Murray (Production Director, William Grant & Sons); Sally Grant Gordon (daughter of William Grant's Chairman, Mr. A. Grant Gordon); Pipe Major Gavin Stoddart and His Grace the Duke of Atholl who presented the prize.

The playing at Blair – a look back at the 1988 Glenfiddich

The late 1980s was a period of transition in piping. In 1987 the 78th Fraser Highlanders became the first overseas pipe band to win the World Pipe Band Championships and in 1988 Ottawa-born Amy Garson would be the first female invited to compete at the Glenfiddich. The 1988 Glenfiddich was […]

Allan Russell, winner at Balloch, plays for the author.

A judge’s ramblings – part 1

In the summer of 2008, Senior Judge Malcolm McRae recorded his thoughts as he adjudicated at various highland games around Scotland that year. His diary was serialised in the Piping Times. A judge’s ramblings – my trip around the games in July 2008 By Malcolm McRae What a privilege it […]

Simon McKerrell: Why we should abolish the Set Tunes

Simon McKerrell: Why we should abolish the Set Tunes

In his far-reaching blog posted on this site last week, Stuart Letford questioned whether the Set Tunes should continue to be set solely by the Piobaireachd Society’s Music Committee. I suggest it is time to actually abolish the Set Tunes altogether. I have spoken on this topic before. Indeed, this […]