Shotts Juniors/ Cancale/ Pitlochry/ Kiltwalk

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band’s Junior Piping and Drumming Championship will be held on 18 November 2017 at Calderhead High School in Shotts. Entries are now open and close on 30 October, writes organiser Alison Gilmour.

This is the fourth year the band has organised the competition in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council; an event that has grown year on year becoming an established winter solo competition for youngsters. The band hopes to welcome a large number of competitors who have the opportunity to compete in a range of categories on chanter, pipes, stick and pad, snare and tenor. The competition attracts a high calibre judging panel and offers generous prizes for those who may have little or no competition experience through to more experienced players.

Please see the band website for more information and follow their Facebook page for regular competition updates: http://www.shottspipeband.com/junior-championship/

The Shotts band are pictured top after their Worlds win in 2015.



Patrick Molard in Brittany: You will find enclosed the list of tunes which will be played at this year’s edition of Pibroch by the Sea in Cancale next Sunday 17th September. Thank you once again to the Piobaireachd Society for their financial help.


Thanks to Alan MacKenzie for pointing out that there were grades in the band competition at Pitlochry from Novice up. Check out the summaries here.


Paul White of the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band: Sunday 17 September I will be walking 26 miles around Edinburgh. I’ve done this a few times trying to get home after a good night in the pub, but this time I’ll be hoping to go the distance in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2017. My efforts are in support of LinkLiving, a terrific charity which makes a real difference to disadvantaged people in Edinburgh and beyond. I’m hoping to raise £500 and it would be great if you could help me get my fundraising efforts off to the best possible start.  To donate, all you need to do is follow this link: https://edinburghkiltwalk2017.everydayhero.com/uk/paul-6