Firstly today, congratulations to Jimmy McIntosh on his 90th birthday. Jimmy is on his way to Scotland to celebrate with his family this side of the water.
Before he left his home in North Carolina he recorded one of our great piobaireachd, the Lament for the Children. The playing is remarkable for one so young. It has been added to our audio archive launched yesterday.
The above picture, from the McIntosh collection, shows Jimmy playing for James Campbell, Kilberry and Archie Kenneth at the Minard Castle competition in the 1970s.
North American readers who haven’t yet bought Jimmy’s ‘Ceol Mor’ book can do so by clicking the advertisement opposite. UK, Europe and other regions can buy it here:
Lee Moore has sent this: The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) SUMMER SCHOOL 2015
SSPDT are holding a five-day piping and drumming workshop at Cockenzie and Port Seton Royal British Legion from Mon 27 – Fri 31 July from 10am – 3.30 pm each day. The workshop is open to all young pipers/chanter players and drummers in East Lothian.
Tutors for the workshop will be the Preston Lodge team of tutors, Lee Moore (Pipes), Eilidh Alexander (Pipes), Simon Grant (Snare Drum) and Rachel Cook (Tenor and Bass Drums).
The cost of the tuition is £75 for the five days. SSPDT will consider helping out those in financial need and applications for help will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Please contact Paul Heward on email@example.com to enquire about financial help.
There will be a short performance on the Friday at 4pm for friends and family when the pupils will be able to show off their skills.
Refreshments will be provided for break times and pupils should bring a packed lunch.
Please return the booking slip below with a deposit of £15, cheques made payable to Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust to:
Lee Moore , 13A North High Street, Musselburgh, EH32 6JA
Early booking is advised as places are limited. Closing Date – 01 July 2015. SSPDT are grateful to the Cockenzie & Port Seton RBL for once again providing us with an excellent venue free of charge.
L. Moore; T. 07720261306; E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking Form: SSPDT summer School 2015
Still on kids teaching, Tom McInally of the Govan Weavers: 'Dear All, As most of you will know the Annual Dinner takes place at the PI next Friday an apart from the usual high quality of speakers we will this year have four of our young pipers playing for us at the dinner. These four young people have only been playing the pipes for 14 months and already showing signs of high quality playing and are a credit to Govan and the Weavers Society initiative to help fund the tuition. This year we now have 85 young people learning some 40 or so on drums all being tutored by world champion standard tutors form the former Strathclyde Police Pipe Band (alias the Govan Burgh Police Pipe Band formed in 1883). We are hopeful that we can have a full house to cheer the young pipers from Govan and to help raise funds for the piping tuition and other good causes in Govan....'