Tag: Stuart Letford

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

The altpibroch website, which has lain dormant since the death of ceòl mòr scholar J. David Hester, has been rebranded and relaunched as The Pibroch Network. The website curates a network of digital resources devoted to the learning, teaching, performance and wider public appreciation of pibroch. Known as The Alt […]

Ghoul in the Cuillin – a cautionary Hallowe’en tale

Ghoul in the Cuillin – a cautionary Hallowe’en tale

It was around 30 years ago one very dark and blustery Hallowe’en night. I shall never forget it. The previous week I had received a letter whilst busy conducting research for my latest book on the Campbell Cainntaireachd (my ninth) and had become bogged down on the intricacies of Gaelic […]

Keep making good friends in your own ‘piping times’

Keep making good friends in your own ‘piping times’

After only two days, the National Piping Centre’s crowdfunder target for the project to digitise the Piping Times and Piping Today magazines has reached one third. It would appear that this campaign is clearly resonating with the piping world. For younger readers, it may be instructive for us to take […]

NPC launches crowdfunder to digitise its magazines

NPC launches crowdfunder to digitise its magazines

The National Piping Centre (NPC) today launches a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to protect the legacy of its two magazines, the Piping Times and Piping Today. The two-strand project involves the digitisation of the magazines’ archive – a resource that will be free to access online – and the […]

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 […]

The Ballroom of Blair Castle.

Historic Glenfiddich kicks off

The 47th annual Glenfiddich Piping Championships kicks off this morning at 10:00 (GMT). This year’s event will go down in piping history because, due to the coronavirus panedemic, it is being held behind closed doors at its usual venue, Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. Bagpipe.News will be there to record […]

Boswell, left and Johnson.

Johnson and Boswell

By Seumas MacNeill From August to November 1773 Dr. Samuel Johnson and his disciple, Mr James Boswell, made a tour in Scotland, most of it in the Western Islands. Iain Dubh MacCrimmon was 42 years of age and living in Skye but the two travellers did not meet him. Donald […]