Silver Chanter Draw/ Remembering Tommy/ Shasta Piobaireachd

The draw for next Saturday’s Silver Chanter (Aug 8) has been announced as follows: 1) Connor Sinclair – Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon2) Stuart Liddell – Lament for the Children3) Sarah Muir – Lament for the Earl of Antrim4) Callum Beaumont – Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck5) Iain Speirs – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig6) Fred Morrison – Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon More details here. The editor has compiled this memorial to his…

New Radio Programme About P/M Alex M MacIver and 214 BB Pipe Band

Pipe Major Alex M MacIver was one of the men behind the incredible success of the 214 Boys Brigade Pipe Band in Glasgow. He led the band to unprcedented success for a juvenile band at the time from post WW2 until 1980. A soldier, piper, pipe tutor and life long supporter of the Glasgow Lewis and Harris Association, Alex is now the subject of a radio programme about his life….

Argyllshire Gathering Composing Contest Winner Announced

The composing competition for a tune to mark next year’s 150th Anniversay of the Argyllshire Gathering has been won by ex-Scots Guards Pipe Major Iain Lowther. Iain receives the only prize of £1,000 and a certificate marking his achievement. His tune was the unanimous choice of the judging panel comprising P/M James Banks MBE, Robert Wallace, President of the Piobaireachd Society and Editor of Piping Press, and John Wilson formerly…

Chanter Only Festival of Juvenile Piping to Go Ahead

One of Scotland’s most popular competitons for young pipers will go ahead this October but only for those on practice chanter. Jon Gerard McClumpha of the promoters, the Caledonian Piping Club, has sent the information below. ‘As everyone knows – we are all in uncharted times & waters, and finding it difficult to steer an easy way out. Nothing is immune to the rippling effects emanating from this terrible virus,…

Tunes Selected, Heats, and Judges for MacGregor Memorial 2020

Tunes and heats have now been allocated for this year’s MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd Competition promoted by the Highland Society of London and organised by the Argyllshire Gathering. The competition is for young professional pipers aged 22 on the date of the competition. It is one of the most prestigious in world piping. Four pipers from each heat will go forward to a final, format to be confirmed. It is usual…