Pitlochry Games Results

A sunny day in central Perthshire for one of the last Highland games of the year. Unfortunately the entry was, like many games this year, on the poor side, writes the Editor.

Fellow judge Archie Maclean and I have asked the games committee to consider the re-introduction of a piobaireachd event (they had one many years ago). Such a competition may improve the entry at this games and would certainly improve its status. Pitlochry was once a popular games for solo pipers and, being easily accessible from many part of Scotland, always draws a large crowd.

Best march of the day from Eddie Gaul

This was my first visit in just under 40 years, the last time the swan song of the Muirheads Pipe Band in 1978. In those days Pitlochry was a Grade 1 only competition and a fine end to the band season. The band contest today is for G2 and G3 bands.

In the solos Iain Speirs, fresh from his major win in the Clasp at Inverness, deputised on the bench for father Tom who is recovering from illness. Get well soon Tom. Sandy Cameron kept his good form going (he won the ‘B’ Hornpipe and Jig at Inverness) with a fine win in the Open MSR, closely followed by his Field Marshal Montgomery bandmate Graham Drummond. Eddie Gaul gave us probably the best march of the day but knocked himself down the list with a loose start to the strathspey.

In the Juniors there was a mixed bag of playing. I do wish tutors would confine their youngsters to tunes they can handle cleanly. There is no need for an 11-year-old to hack his way through Glenfinnan Highland Gathering when he could be playing Miss Delicia Chisholm cleanly and in rhythm. Absolved of all criticism was Hazel Whyte of the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band who played a very clean MSR on a nicely set pipe to win the 14 & Under competition. Likewise Robbie MacIsaac with Glen Caladh Castle in the Perthshire March. Robbie is pictured top.

Open MSR (own choice)
1 Sandy Cameron, John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage, Piper’s Bonnet, Miss Proud
2 Graham Drummond, P/M Jim Christie of Wick, Kirsty MacCalman’s Favourite, Alick Cameron, Champion Piper
3 Edward Gaul, Knightswood Ceilidh, Cabar Feidh, Smith of Chilliechassie
4 Robbie MacIsaac, Glen Caladh Castle, Cameronian Rant, Charlie’s Welcome
5 Brian Lamond, Jeannie Carruthers, Lady Louden, Thomson’s Dirk
6 James MacPhee, Mrs John MacColl, Maggie Cameron, John Morrison, Assynt House
Judges: A Maclean, R Wallace

Graham Drummond, runner-up in the Open MSR

Open 6/8 (own choice)
1 Ciaren Ross
2 Edward Gaul
3 Robbie MacIsaac
4 Brian Lamond
5 Sandy Cameron
6 Graham Drummond
Judges: B Donaldson, I Speirs

Winner of the Jigs, Brian Lamond, Fife

Open Jig (own choice)
1 Brian Lamond
2 Graham Drummond
3 Sandy Cameron
4 Ciaren Ross
5 Edward Gaul
6 Robbie MacIsaac
Judges: B Donaldson, I Speirs

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Junior 15 -17 MSR
1 Robbie MacIsaac
2 Lachlan Stephen
3 John Cumming
4 Max Crawford
Judges: B Donaldson, I Speirs

14 & Under MSR
1 Hazel Whyte
2 Kyle Cameron
3 Liam Brown
4 Cameron May
5 Cameron Stewart
6 Ewan Allen
Judges: A Maclean, R Wallace

Perthshire Junior March
1 Robbie MacIsaac
2 Cameron Stewart
3 Max Crawford
Judges: A Maclean, R Wallace

Perthshire Junior S&R
1 Robbie MacIsaac
2 Max Crawford
3 Cameron Stewart
Judges: B Donaldson, I Speirs

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3 thoughts on “Pitlochry Games Results

  1. Good morning Mr Wallace. I think you’ll find that the band competition is from Novice up – there were 10 bands in Grade 4 competing on the day.

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