Tag: Willie Morrison

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

The history of the Argyllshire Gathering, part 36

1970-1971 By Jeannie Campbell MBE In 1970, the Gathering took place on August 26-27. The set tunes for the Open and Clasp competitions were The Big Spree (including tripling and Crunluath variations), Lord Lovat’s Lament, Craigellachie, Nameless (Hiharin Odin Hiharin Dro), Clanranald’s Salute and The Prince’s Salute. Four were to […]

CLASP profile: Hector Thomson

CLASP profile: Hector Thomson

Hector Thomson is the latest member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled. • Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I was born in Selkirk on the night of the Common Riding* so I was born with pipe bands ringing in […]

CLASP profile: Dugald Macleod

CLASP profile: Dugald Macleod

The latest member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled is Dugald Macleod. Where are you from and how did you get into piping?I live near Dumfries, Scotland but always have difficulty with the question, “Where are you from?” I was born in Valparaiso, Chile […]

Stuart Letford: A sense of déjà vu

Stuart Letford: A sense of déjà vu

While clearing out my garage last month I stumbled across two boxes. Each was packed with VHS video cassettes – remember them? – of various films and comedies over the years. Mostly from the 1970s and 80s, of course. There were three piping tapes in the box: MacKinnon Productions’ West […]

Exploring Donald MacDonald’s ceòl mòr

Exploring Donald MacDonald’s ceòl mòr

• From the Autumn 1998 edition of Notes At the 1998 Donald MacDonald Cuach invitational competition at the Clan Donald Centre on Skye, Roddy MacLeod, piping director of The Piping Centre, was a spectator rather than, as in the past, a competitor. He took the opportunity to speak with Colonel […]