Tag: Seumas MacNeill

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

By David V. Kennedy In the last few years, pipers have recognised that the pitch of the chanter of the Scottish piob mhor has risen to approximately B flat from A natural. Chanter makers seem to have responded to a popular demand to make higher pitched canters – mostly from […]

Jimmy MacMillan and a young Jack Lee pictured in 1981 at a homecoming party to celebrate Jack winning the Inverness Gold Medal.

Remembering James MacMillan, 1911-2005

• From the September 2005 Piping Times. By Jack Lee I have often wondered how piping would have turned out in Vancouver if Jimmy McMillan hadn’t taught here. Would Terry and I have stuck with piping? Would the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (SFU) even exist? Jimmy was the defining […]

SPA Knockout, Heat 3

Heat 3 sees of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s prestigious knockout series for the Piping Times Trophy sees Steven Leask take on Sarah Muir. The series was began in 1964 by Seumas MacNeill and the trophy was given by the Piping Times. Duncan Johnstone was the first winner.

Cameron MacFadyen: Skye high

Cameron MacFadyen: Skye high

By Cameron MacFadyen Skye Highland Games has been held in Portree for nigh-on 150 years, with piping being a constant and important feature but it is improbable to think that there was no competitive piping before that. Given the importance of patronage by the various clan chiefs towards piping and […]

SPA Knockout, Heat 2

Heat 2 sees of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s prestigious knockout series for the Piping Times Trophy sees Cameron McDougall take on Callum Beaumont. The series was began in 1964 by Seumas MacNeill and the trophy was given by the Piping Times. Duncan Johnstone was the first winner.

SPA Knockout, Heat 1

Heat 1 sees of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s prestiguous knockout series for the Piping Times Trophy. Current holder Stuart Liddell takes on Gordon McCready. The series was began in 1964 by Seumas MacNeill and the trophy was given by the Piping Times. Duncan Johnstone was the first winner.

SPA Knockout

SPA Knockout

This Saturday evening – May 4 – sees Stuart Liddell and Gordon McCready play in the first heat of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) ‘knockout’ series for the Piping Times Trophy. Stuart is the current holder of the trophy. The other invited players in the series are Cameron McDougall and […]

Christian Krohg's depiction from 1899 of
King Olaf presenting a sword to Icelandic skald, Sigvat the Skald (995-1045).

The origins of ceòl mòr, a theory – part 1

• From the March 1980 Piping Times. Mrs. Bridget MacKenzie, nee Gordon, was, until her marriage to Dr. Alex MacKenzie, lecturer in Old Norse in the Department of English Language at Glasgow University. A graduate of Oxford and Glasgow, she is a daughter of the late Professor E. V. Gordon, […]

Tutor Vol. 1 rebranded

Tutor Vol. 1 rebranded

The bagpipe tutor book that started thousands of pipers off on their quest to learn how to play the pipes has been rebranded ahead of another print run. The new-look for what was previously titled the College of Piping Tutor Vol. 1 – the ‘Green Book’ – brings it into […]

Donald McPhee's premises were in the Royal Arcade, Hope Street, Glasgow. Later, the premises were taken over by Peter Henderson. McPhee published a bagpipe tutor, a collection of light music and two collections of piobaireachd. His name appears in the books as 'MacPhee' but he stamped his pipes 'McPhee' and had even used the spellings 'McPhe' and 'McFie'.

Donald MacPhee – the forgotten man in piping

By Seumas MacNeill Probably no period in the history of piping will see such changes as did the 19th century. At the beginning of it, all pipers were Gaelic-speaking highlanders, solo performers whose repertoire consisted almost entirely of piobaireachd. All teaching was by canntaireachd, for no piper could read staff […]