Robert Wallace: A small entry but a good standard would be the best summary of today’s piping at the Scottish Pipers’ Association Juvenile contest held at the College of Piping.
The overall winner was Donald Stewart with a 4th in the Ceol Mor, 2nd in the March, 1st in the Strathspey and Reel and second in the jig. The winner of the superb John MacDougall Gillies Trophy was Joshua Townsley with MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart. The judge for all events was John Patrick. Mr Patrick was very complimentary of the playing saying that it was heartening to see the future of piping in such good young hands. It was a well-run event and thanks should go to the SPA President Tom Johnstone and committee members Hugh Anderson, Seumas MacPhee and Jeannie Campbell for yet again staging a fine day of junior piping.
1 Joshua Townsley, MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart
2 John Campbell, Massacre of Glencoe
3 Harry McLachlan, Catherine’s Lament
4 Donald Stewart, Old Men of the Shells
A March: 1 Harry McLachlan 2 Donald Stewart 3 Joshua Townsley 4 John Campbell
A S&R: 1 Donald Stewart 2 James Miller 3 John Campbell 4 Harry McLachlan
A Jig: 1 James Miller 2 Donald Stewart 3 Harry McLachlan 4 Lewis Russell
B Piob: 1 Holly Fredlander 2 Calum Davidson 3 Melissa Jeffrey
B March: 1 Holly Fredlander 2 Alexander Anderson 3 Calum Davidson 4 Ben Scott
B S&R: 1 Holly Fredlander 2 Alexander Anderson 3 Callum Davidson p4Melissa Jeffrey
Most promising piper not in the prize list: Robert Dick; Overall: Holly Fredlander
As promised here are a few audio recordings from yesterday’s competition: The first is of Harry McLachlan, an outstanding prospect, playing his winning march ‘Knightswood Ceilidh’ by P/M Donald Macleod.
The runner-up in the March was Donald Stewart, another fine young piper and still only 15. His ‘Southall’ by John MacLellan, Dunoon, was clipped in the top hand work as you will hear.
Donald had a very good strathspey and reel however, reel ‘Kildonan’ very musical. The tune is again by P/M Donald MacLeod whose less well known pieces such as this tune and ‘Drumlithie’ are gaining in popularity and not before time:
I only managed to record one piobaireachd, fortunately it was a good one, from last on Harry McLachlan who was placed third for this fine rendition of Catherine’s Lament; mature playing from a young lad:
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