Skye Gathering and Piping Competitions at Portree Cancelled for 2021

The prestigious piping competitions held annually at Portree on Skye have been cancelled for the second year in a row. The competitions are traditionally held in the first week of August. Events affected are the Dunvegan Medal and Clasp plus the light music. Piping convenor Cameron MacFadyen: ‘Yes, the games have been cancelled and the piping also. I felt that the cancellation decision had perhaps been made slightly early but…

European Pipe Band Championships Cancelled

The organisers of Piping Inverness, which incorporates the European Pipe Band Championships, has cancelled this year’s event. The Championships were scheduled to take place on Saturday 26th June 2021, but with uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions and following the latest Scottish Government guidance, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), in partnership with event organiser, LCC Live, has cancelled the annual event. By Jen Symington This is the second year that Piping…

More From Donald MacPherson in PP Audio Archive/ Barry Shears Plays his New Composition, The Sailor’s Lament

Just added to the revised Piping Press Audio Archive is the second half of a radio broadcast given by the great Donald MacPherson in 1972. A master of both ceòl beag and ceòl mòr, Donald was probably the best competitive piper of all time with a record of success in both disciplines which is unlikely to be beaten. The broadcast is given added interest in that it is introduced by…

‘Talk Piobaireachd’ Sessions Continue Tonight/ Games Cancellations Announced/ Identifying Members of Fintan Lalor PB, Dublin

The Piobaireachd Society’s ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ sessions continue tonight at 8pm GMT. These well-attended online lecture/discussions are open and free to all members of the Society. If you are not a member you can join here. Standard membership per annum is £15 (senior) and £5 (student or junior). This evening’s session will be led by PP Editor and Society President, Robert Wallace on a topic of his choosing. This series has…

More Historic Piping Pictures As Never Seen Before

Today we have the penultimate batch of piping photographs from desktop wizard Ronan Maguire of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, Dublin. Ronan has generously given his time and expertise to clean, enhance and and/or colour a whole host of historic piping pictures. More than that he has kindly made them available to PP readers as free downloads. The first picture today is from the Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, in 1970. Ronan…