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The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 8

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 8

1906-1908 By Jeannie Campbell After the resignations of the previous years, the remaining members continued the work of the Piobaireachd Society and produced a second book of six tunes in 1906. The six tunes in the book were set for the 1906 competitions and the rule was stated that, “No […]

In full flow. The Clasp competition at the 2019  Northern Meeting.

Modern pitch

By Thomas Pearston The photograph of four chanters, below, is a confirmation of the rise in pitch over the past 50 years. Chanter A is a chanter from the First World War, B is about the early 1940s and C is a modern chanter as played to-day. D is a […]

SPA centenary celebrations

SPA centenary celebrations

The Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA) is to mark its centenary on January 10 – exactly 100 years since its founding in Glasgow – at The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow’s west end. All are invited. Distinguished guests are expected as well as performances from Tom Johnstone (President), Logan […]

The image of an unchanging art form

The image of an unchanging art form

Part 2 of Iain MacInnes’s 2000 John MacFadyen Lecture Competition is very much part and parcel of the piping culture here in Scotland, and its shaped not just the music, but also the style of performance. It all goes back to 1781, when the Highland Society of London started the […]

Blood was spilt over over a semi-quaver in a 1930s feud

Blood was spilt over over a semi-quaver in a 1930s feud

The first excerpt from Iain MacInnes’s John MacFadyen Lecture of spring 2000 entitled ‘The Ancient Martial Music’ Piobaireachd, ceòl mòr, is, I think we’d all agree, a very remarkable and distinctive music; music of the Gaelic speaking Highlands which has travelled, and has taken root in remarkable places, from Vancouver […]