Highland Games Season Details/ John’s New Recording

Entries are now open for Aberdeen Games on June 18. Prizemoney has been increased. There are three senior events and three junior and a new open grade chanter contest. Entries close June 8. Enter here.

Aberdeen’s Highland Games attracts between 8,000 and 15,000 people annually. Outdoor catering will be available with a public bar with a beer garden.

Before Aberdeen there is solo piping at Gordon Castle (May 21) and Atholl Gathering, Blair Atholl (May 28). Entries for both are now closed.

Markinch Games in Fife are on Sunday June 4; Strathmore, Glamis Castle, on Sunday June 11; Ceres, Fife, June 24. These games take entries on the field and have piobaireachd and light music plus junior contests. Drumtochty on June 24 has light music only, again, entries on field.

Games in July: Thornton, Luss July 1, Kenmore July 5, Forres, Tain July 8, Harpenden July 9, Inverness, Tomintoul, Balloch July 15, Stonehaven July 16, Inveraray July 18, South Uist July 19, Tobermory July 20, North Uist July 21, Lochearnhead, Taynuilt July 22, Arisaig July 26, Durness July 28, Halkirk July 29, St Andrews July 30. It’s entries on the field for the majority of these contests.

Games in August: Killin Aug 2, Dornoch Aug 4, Inverkeithing, Aboyne, Dundonald, Newtonmore, Strathpeffer Aug 5, Mallaig & Morar Aug 6, Ballater Aug 10, Assynt Aug 11, Abernethy, Aberfeldy Aug 12, Cortachy Aug 13, Glenisla Aug 18, Helmsdale, Glenfinnan, Kinloch Rannoch, Nairn Aug 19, Crieff Aug 20, Lonach, Glenurquhart, Strathardle, Birnam Aug 26

Games in September: Braemar Sept 2, Blairgowrie, Chatsworth Sept 3, Pitlochry Sept 9.

We would urge all competing pipers to support these games if they can. Please notify us of any changes to the above details.

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New Recording

John Dew: I am emailing you to let you know of the launch of my brand-new product ‘PIPE SUITES’. This is a digital collection, sold on a USB stick, a compiling of 11 suites for multiple bagpipes.

Here is an MP3 of one of the suites Sunday Afternoon in Rattray:

The product is available for purchase at £25 from www.johndew-composition.com/shop and use of the promo code PIPESUITES earns a £5 discount; offer ends at the end of May. 

The USB stick contains three main files: the collection itself – a digital book, a demo track of each suite, and individual parts of each piece for easier reading and learning. 

I’m delighted to be releasing this product at the start of the piping season. I have very much enjoyed composing these pieces over the years and I now feel it’s time to start pushing these suites out into the piping world. 

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