No Risk, No Play as the Pipe Band Movement Faces an Existential Threat

In the Old World we would all now be marching from Glasgow Green on to Cowal with soloists looking ahead to the late summer highlights of Oban, Inverness and the autumnal Glenfiddich with a bit of London thrown in. I’m sure that having read that your heart sank to know that ‘there is life Jim, but not as we knew it’, to mangle a phrase from Dr McCoy to his…

MacStig Picks His Favourites from a Fine Selection of PP Lockdown Essays

Ireland’s Seamus Russell gave us an insightful piece on the background to a painting held by the Black Raven Pipe Band [above]. The painting of the band at the off with banners flying certainly caught my eye, writes MacStig. Seamus deprecatingly said it wasn’t an entry for the Piping Press Arts Competition but I think it deserves an honourable mention and the story was engaging.  Betty Ann Muckle’s memory piece…

MacStig Feels the Heat as he Contemplates the Entries for the PP Lockdown Writing Challenge

Here at the but an’ ben I’ve been more or less self isolating since March. Can you believe it?, four months when I should have been charging about the country in the old jalopy reporting on Grade 2. We would have been well into the season by now with a few championships under the belt and excitement building for the Worlds. Instead, all we can do my friends is think…

MacStig Bids Farewell to the Old Year and Has Some Grade 2 Predictions for 2020

Some say he is at his late granny’s heilan’ hame for Hogmanay; others that he is on the slippery slopes of the Alps, or perhaps Lake Louise; but all we know he has roused himself from his slumbers, cast off the wooly hat and penned his year end review eagerly awaited by our wonderful readers. It may be an antidote to an awards industry that had just about awarded everything,…

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World Solo Drumming Report – Praise for One of the Modern Greats, Steven McWhirter

Unlike the House of Commons, the House of Lords wasn’t sitting last Saturday, so our Lord of the Dance, MacStig, was able to attend the really big event and report for us from Glasgow…. In a parallel world, the baying rabble in the House of Commons chose to sit on this Saturday of all Saturday’s, the World Solo Drumming Saturday of 2019, where the only real question was, would Steven…

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