Bagpipe Tutor 1 Now Available in French/ Scottish Qualifications Authority Looking For Piping Examiner

The popular Bagpipe Tutor 1 by our editor Robert Wallace is now available in French. This adds to the other versions of the book in English and German. The book has enjoyed considerable success since it was first published in 2015. A German translation followed quickly after the English edition and now this edition in French. In twenty lessons the book takes the complete beginner through all the necessary technique…

NPC and Glenfiddich Announce ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Arrangements for 2020 Competition

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire the world’s finest exponents of ceòl mòr and ceòl beag, writes Helen Urquhart of the National Piping Centre. After a summer of disruption to the usual qualifying events, the team behind the Glenfiddich Piping Championship are pleased to announce the invitation list for this year’s event, which will be available online on Saturday 31st October. Invited to compete are: Finlay…

‘Talk Piobaireachd’ Resumes/ Piobaireachd Society Tuition Bursary Applications Open

The Piobaireachd Society has confirmed that it will be resuming its successful ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ internet discussions this winter, beginning next month and running until next spring. The sessions are open to all members free of charge. Those who have agreed to lead them are: Jack Lee, Jimmy McIntosh, Dr Jack Taylor, Robert Wallace and Duncan Watson. Usually two tunes are covered per session with digressions into aspects of the piobaireachd tradition…

Poignant Memory of Alex

The late Alex Duncan plays his uncle Gordon’s Sleeping Tune. Alex, son of Ian and Chris, died tragically young last weekend:

McCallum Bagpipes Launch New Watertrap Product

Emma McCallum writes: We want to introduce you to a new concept in a two piece stock and water trap/moisture control system, the Piper’s Friend™. It has been designed by George Steele, a piper who was born in South Uist and now spends most of his life in the USA. Here is what Bob Worrall says about the Piper’s Friend™: ‘I’ve been playing with the new water trap for the last week.  It…