European Pipe Band Championships 2022 Results

Bught Park, Inverness, was the venue for this year’s European Pipe Band Championships, the third major of the season. Ninety – nine bands entered. Inveraray were crowned Grade 1 champions. The full result was:1 Inveraray (pictured)2 Scottish Power3 Field Marshal4 SLOT5 Fife Police6 BoghallDrumming: InverarayJudges: D Brown, R Mathieson, D MacPhee, J Wilson Grade 21 Annan2 Buchan Peterson3 Uddingston4 City of Edinburgh5 Portletham6 Worcester Kiltie (USA) Drumming: Buchan PetersonJudges: T…

New Information for John and his Ancient Bagpipe Identification Research

There are so many old makers that we have yet to positively attribute works to, that short of carefully removing all of the lacquer in the hope of trying to find a maker’s stamp, we may never really know who made this set until something very similar surfaces. Not just one or two of the features being similar, but all. By George Hannah Some of the features that stand out…

Campbell McGougan 1930 – 2022

The death has been announced of Campbell McGougan who passed away on 5th June at Redwoods Care Home, Alness, Ross-shire. He was 92 years of age.  (Please see the notice below for details of his funeral which takes place next Tuesday.) Campbell McGougan, first name Neil seldom used, had a lifelong love of piping. He was born in Campbeltown where has was taught by Peter McCallum a scion of the…

Piping Live! Big Band to Return to this Year’s Festival

The Piping Live! Big Band will return for its 5th showcase at this year’s festival as pipers of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the mass participation event, the Festival announced today. On Monday 8th August 150 pipers will gather, ranging from little learners playing their chanters to seasoned professionals playing the pipes in their retirement. The bespoke big band will walk the streets of Glasgow as they perform a repertoire of tunes that everyone can play.  The Piping Live!…

Poor Support is Undermining Minor Pipe Band Contests

Last Sunday at Ardrossan, five bands in G4 MSR and two in G3; this Saturday at Lochore three in G4A, four in G3, four in G2, two in G1; Aberdeen on June 19 a bit better: seven in 4B, three in 4A, five in G3, six in G2, three in G1……. Looking at Markinch summaries and once again I find myself bemoaning the lack of bands in attendance. It has…