Tag: Piping Times

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 23

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 23

1951 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1951, competitors for the Argyllshire Gathering’s Open Piobaireachd competition had to offer four tunes, MacDougalls’ Gathering, John GarveMacLeod of Raasay’s Lament, The Daughter’s Lament, Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy. The Gold Medal competitors were to submit six tunes of their own choice. John […]

Michael Grey: Who doesn’t love a good magazine?

Michael Grey: Who doesn’t love a good magazine?

Who doesn’t love a good magazine? Colourful. shiny pages, interesting articles of easy-to-read length and pictures … lots of pretty pictures, if you’re lucky. Magazines have been printed for almost as long as the printing press has been invented. So for 500 years we’ve had the world’s cupboards, attics and […]

NPC’s digitisation project extended after target exceeded in two weeks

NPC’s digitisation project extended after target exceeded in two weeks

The National Piping Centre’s (NPC) crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to have its two magazines, the Piping Times and Piping Today, digitised professionally has been exceeded. The campaign target will now be expanded to £33,500 after £31,000 was raised in just two weeks. Most piping organisations have contributed to the […]

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 7

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 7

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The “Piobaireachd Society of Scotland” gave notice in the autumn of 1903 that it would hold a competition at the 1904 Argyllshire Gathering at which it would award a total of £30 in prizes. The first prize shall be £20 and a Gold Medal, second prize […]

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 […]

Famous pipers: J. D. Ross Watt

Famous pipers: J. D. Ross Watt

By Stephen Beattie James Downie Watt was born on June 10, 1869 in Leamington, Warwickshire, England and raised by his parents, John Ross Watt and Jane Warden Ritchie, both of whom hailed from Scotland. James – J. D. – was one of 10 children, three of whom died in infancy. […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

With most of us self-isolating during these uncertain times, there is, perhaps inevitably, a dearth of news to report. However, we at Bagpipe.news will continue to use this time to bring you great articles from our archives. Today’s piece was written by Dr Peter Cooke and published in The International […]

A small tribute

After our recent report about Pipe Major George MacKenzie, a few readers alerted us to an article that appeared many years ago in the Piping Times. The article was written by one of the magazine’s frequent correspondents in those days, David V. Kennedy. In his article, written shortly after MacKenzie’s […]