Tonight! In Glasgow! Come and Listen to Some Superb Piping/ Cycle for Tommy – Finlay and Gordon Have Made It!

More great piping this Sunday! Don’t miss out!

The Piobaireachd Society’s annual recital ‘Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure’ takes place tonight, August 29, in the National Piping Centre’s Otago Street building in Glasgow. Time is 7 for 7.30pm. 

Society President Robert Wallace: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to hear four expert pipers tackle music of real quality.

‘Half of the programme is made up of modern tunes and the other of classic tunes in the repertoire.’

There will be a small reception with refreshments after the music concludes when there will be an opportunity to meet the participansts and officials of the Society.

The pipers, their tunes, and the order of play are as follows:

Craig Sutherland: Lament for the Lowland Clearances (Karen McCrindle-Warren)

Stuart Liddell: Field of Gold (P/M Donald MacLeod)

P/M Ben Duncan: Catherine’s Lament

Decker Forrest: Battle of the Pass of Crieff              


P/M Ben Duncan: Lord Lovat’s Lament

Decker Forrest: Lament for the Standard (Archie Kenneth)

Craig Sutherland: Salute to a White Primrose (P/M Donald MacLeod)

Stuart Liddell: Lament for the Dead

Admission is £10 at the door. The recital will be recorded in high quality audio. The recording will placed on the member’s area of the Society website as soon as possible after the show.

Join the Society here – £40 three years, £15 one year, £5 juniors and students.

A programme with biographical notes on the pipers and historical information and part scores of the tunes, is available. Get it here.

This is a black tie event (performers only). There will be no tuning between performances, the pipers playing in and playing out on the return to the ground. MC is Society President Robert Wallace. A finish circa 9.30pm. is anticipated.

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Finlay and Gordon Have Made It!

Story and pictures by Kevin McGlynn

Finlay Johnston and Gordon Bruce arrive at the Corran Halls, Oban, piped in by Angus MacColl and Calum MacInnes. It was the end of a gruelling 103 mile cycle from the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

The cyclists were raising money for Cancer Research in the name of Finlay’s dad Tommy who died tragically a year ago.

The late Tommy Johnston and his wife Ann

There to cheer them home were Torquil Telfer and Alistair Dewar of the Argyllshire Gathering Piping Committee and Alastair’s son Euan of the Oban Pipe Band.

Said Finlay: ‘What a welcome! It fair cheered us up when we heard the pipes in the distance. The cycle itself was hard work as we chose the difficult route via Helensburgh and up the side of Loch Long and then the Rest and Be Thankful to Inveraray.

Angus plays for Gordon and Finlay

‘But it was worth it and I have just heard that we have exceeded our £500 target by 700+% to reach £3,828 by this morning.

‘This is incredible and want to thank everyone who has donated. Dad loved Oban and it is fitting that we should finish here among the piping friends he knew so well.’

There is still time to donate to Finlay and Gordon’s endeavour. You can do so here.

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