Aboyne Flag is Lowered Before 2020 Online Piping Contest Begins (updated)

By Dr Jack Taylor Below are the the results from Saturday’s Aboyne Games online competitions, sponsored by George Strachan Ltd. I think it was judged a success, but everybody hopes not to be repeated.  Aboyne was chilly early on but warmer later. The committee, kilted and bonneted, gathered on a quiet Green, the flag was raised to Games Day at Aboyne, the Earl of Aboyne spoke elegantly, drams appeared from…

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The Genesis of a New Piobaireachd ‘Tomb of the Kings’

By Dr Jack Taylor The following maybe shows piobaireachd is alive and kicking in some way. At what must be the last such gathering for a while, I was at Ballater Games Dinner in late March.  I had been asked to play a piobaireachd, which I did (Duke of Atholl’s Salute). I sat down next to the renowned fiddler Paul Anderson who said he’d just composed a piobaireachd and had played…

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Sydney Tattoo and NZ Silver Chanter and Clasp Competitions

Senior adjudicator Dr Jack Taylor has been in the southern hemisphere playing and judging in Australia and New Zealand. Here is his report….. The 43rd New Zealand Silver Chanter and Clasp Competitions were held Christchurch last weekend. They are run by the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury and are one of New Zealand’s three major annual events. In contrast to Scotland’s Clasp and Silver Chanter they are light music competitions….

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Review: Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure

By Dr Jack Taylor One hundred souls braved the pouring rain to listen to ceol mor in Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s Hall on Sunday evening [Aug 11]. They were well rewarded. This is the second year of ‘Hidden Treasure’ organised by the Piobaireachd Society, and it will surely become an annual fixture.  It was a pleasure to listen to eight of the best tunes played by four of the best players and…

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Gordon Castle Piping

Dr Jack Taylor reports: Chilly day in Fochabers with a good standard of playing in seniors and juniors. Of the nine adults three were returning to competition after a break.  All played strongly, with Colin Gordon, librarian at the Gaelic college Sabhal Mor Ostaig, being overall champion, and Brad Davidson from Canada, after 24 years not playing, winning three prizes. Open Piobaireachd 1. John MacDonald (Tulloch Ard)2. Angus MacPhee (Blind Piper’s Obstinacy)3. Brad Davidson…

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