PP Ed’s Blog: James MacKenzie/ Alex Gandy/ Inspector Clueless/ Invercharron/ Braemar/ Juv. Festival/ Jewish Piper

All reports to the PP office indicate that the numbers attending the games this summer are definitely up on last year. I hope our mini-campaign has helped but all credit is really due to the pipers who’ve taken the trouble and spent the money to get out there and have a tune. The knock-on effect is that local organisers will be encouraged that their time has not been ill-spent and…

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PP Ed's Blog: WW2 Pipes/ Inspector Clueless/ SG Knock Out/ Northern Ireland Burns Show

Calum MacLean has commented on the WW2 pipes story we’ve been running. If you haven’t seen his post, Calum wrote: ‘I have a set of Lawrie bagpipes with the engraving: ‘THE GIFT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HIGHLAND SOCIETIES OF EDINBURGH 1939’. ‘I wonder if these are WW2 bagpipes as well. I have seen another set with the same engraving on the chanter stock which were Lawrie bagpipes as well. I…

A New Decade for the Worldwide Piping and Pipe Band Family

By The Editor All the very best to all of our readers, advertisers and contributors for 2020. 2019 has been a successful year for Piping Press, with many thousands of readers attracted by our ‘no spin, no subscription’ quality journalism. Thanks to your support Piping Press will remain an independent, free, self financing web magazine for all of next year and beyond. Since our beginnings five years ago the magazine…

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Editor’s Notebook: Games Season/ VE Day at Gourock/ New Tune?/ Worlds Riddle

Well that’s the solo Highland games season over for another year. I think the support has been higher than in the recent past so well done to the pipers who got out there for a tune and to all the volunteers who keep these vital events going. There’s no sign of a resurrection at Perth, Crieff or Stirling – and Invercharron looks decidedly iffy for 2020. As regards the majors…

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PP Ed's Blog: SPJA Withdrawal/ Uist & Barra/ Scottish Schools/ Lisnamulligan

I shouldn’t have thought my withdrawal from the Solo Piping Judges Association of any great interest, far less newsworthy. However the new SPJA chairman decided to make the matter public. He sent a circular to all members telling them about it then a press notice to the Competing Pipers’ Association, pipes/drums, Piping Press and the Piping Times. He did so without agreement with myself. I was subsequently contacted by Andrew…