Still with the Argylls, as I reported on Monday after my visit to the Glasgow Highland Club, the chaps involved in the regiment’s book of pipe tunes will be hard at it this week at the Army School of Piping at Inchdrewer House in Edinburgh. Well, the hard work also coincided with the 80th birthday of one of the compilers, the illustrious Jim Henderson, relative of John MacLellan, Dunoon, and erstwhile tutor of expert piper Stuart Liddell.
The occasion was marked by Director of Army Bagpipe Music Major Gordon Rowan presenting Jim with a cake to suitable bagpipe accompaniment from Ben Duncan. Major Rowan said: ‘Happy 80th birthday to another member of ‘the book club’, Pipe Major Jimmy Henderson. He was asked today what his wife thought of him working on the Argylls book on his birthday…..he said ‘piping comes first!’
Nice touch gents and congratulations Jim. Bet you had a job keeping Cowan away from the icing.
I forgot to mention in my report on the Glasgow Highland Club dinner that each year the club presents a handsome silver medal for the winner of the Uist & Barra Piobaireachd competition. This will be held at the College of Piping on March 5 from 9am with many of the top pipers in the world vying for the prestigious medal.
I keep telling my young pupils that piping will open so many doors for them in later life and that as consequence they should work as hard as they can to become proficient in the art.
Right on cue we hear of a Caribbean cruise by Robert Mathieson (and his lovely wife Anne), Glenn Brown and Callum Beaumont and others, during which they swan about the Spanish Main and nearby islands teaching passengers the bagpipe. Not bad work if you can get it – especially at this time of year. The other day the ship docked in Haiti where no doubt Mathieson leapt ashore to hone up his voodoo skills with the local bokor.
Brilliant gig guys and if you are docking in Fort Lauderdale next week call in and see us at the South Florida P&D Academy in nearby Boca Raton if you’ve time.