Northern Ireland Piper of the Year (pix added)

MSR winner Ashley McMichael and Piper of the Year, Graham Drummond

Robert Wallace: The overall winner of this important annual award was Graham Drummond. The competition is held over two legs, ceol mor and ceol beag. Graham placed first in the first and second in the second, giving him the overall title. Pipers submit their own choice of piobaireachd and senior competitors three MSRs and junior two. It is possible for juniors to be placed ahead of seniors, and indeed, this has happened in the past. Today’s competition was held in the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena. It was a very well run competition which was a credit to the Northern Ireland Piping Society, the promoters. Adjudicator was myself with Michael Egan from Limerick reading. In the light music I was joined by P/M Lenny Brown. Check later for a short critique.

Piobaireachd (three prizes)
1 Graham Drummond, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee
2 Ross Hume, Battle of Auldearn No 2
3 Ashley McMichael, Corrienessan’s Salute

1 Ashley McMichael, Kantara to El Arish, Lady Loudon, Sound of Sleat
2 Graham Drummond, Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, Piper’s Bonnet, Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
3 Sid Moore, Edinburgh Police Pipe Band, Cabar Feidh, Roddy MacDonald’s Favourite
4 Kris Coyle, Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount, Dora MacLeod, Dr MacPhail

H&J (two prizes only and not counted in the overall tally)
1 Graham Drummond
2 Alastair Donaghy

Junior Piper of the Year, Ross Hume