Wheel of Fortune Draw/ Inverness Piping Society Recitals

Paul White, organiser of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contest, has sent the line up for what promises to be a fine afternoon of piping a week tomorrow. Headlined ‘Magnificent seven are quick on the draw’ Paul’s message reads:

‘The City of Edinburgh Pipe Band has announced the draw for the 2017 Pipe Majors’ Wheel of Fortune competition. Gordon Bruce, Pipe Major of the West Lothian Schools band, will be first to take the floor, while Sarah Muir, a member of Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, will bring the event to a close.  The full draw, which was made by Councillor Alex Bennett, a former member of Woolmet and Danderhall Pipe Band, and Dougie Pender, Secretary of Danderhall Miners Club, is as follows:

  • Gordon Bruce
  • Allan Russell
  • Jonathon Simpson
  • Jenny Hazzard
  • Lachie Dick
  • Ben Duncan
  • Sarah Muir
Cllr. Alex Bennett, a former member of Woolmet and Danderhall Pipe Band, Lachie Dick and Dougie Pender, Secretary of Danderhall Miners Club

Announcing the line-up for the event, City of Edinburgh Pipe Sergeant Mike Knott said: ‘We’re looking forward to an afternoon of great music in the company of seven magnificent pipers who have kindly agreed to join us at what is the first major event in our band’s 70th anniversary celebrations. All of our musicians are making their Wheel of Fortune debuts and I’m sure our audience will give them a warm welcome.’

Tickets for the competition, which will be held in Danderhall Miners Club on Saturday 11th February, will be available on the door, priced £10.00 for people aged 16 and over and £5.00 for under 16s.

The City of Edinburgh band was originally known as Woolmet and Danderhall.  Formed in 1947, the band took its name from the Woolmet Colliery and the Midlothian village, where the band practices to this day. Entry to the event is from 11.30am, while the competition begins at 12.15pm. For further information on the event, please contact Paul White, on 07941 679015 or by sending an email to paulwhite2@blueyonder.co.uk.

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Alastair Campbell, Secretary of Inverness Piping Society has sent details of what will be a fine series of recital sin the north. Alastair writes: ‘I’m pleased to announce details of our recital programme for this spring.  Please save the dates and we look forward to seeing you at each recital. All are at Tulloch Castle, Dingwall.
Friday 24 February 2017 Decker Forrest
Saturday 18 March 2017  Finlay Johnston (Donald MacLeod Memorial competition fund-raiser – organised by Friends of Lewis & Harris Piping Society)

Friday 26 May 2017    Chris Armstrong (date to be confirmed)

An April recital is still to be confirmed. Please spread the word to those who may not have received this email. With regards.’

The picture up top shows recitalist Finlay Johnston leading the march to the games after he won the Oban Gold Medal in 2012. Directly behind Finlay is Decker Forrest his fellow recitalist at the Inverness Society. To the right of Finlay is Gordon Bruce who is playing at the Wheel of Fortune contest. Others in the picture are (l – r): Andrew Hayes, Ottawa, Andrew Lee, British Columbia, Ian K. MacDonald, Ontario (last year’s double Gold medallist), Euan Dewar (partially obscured), David Wilton now teaching piping in Dundee, Gavin Ferguson, Craig Sutherland, Pitlochry, Alex Gandy, Nova Scotia, and Glenn Brown, Inverness Gold Medallist.

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