Donald MacPherson, Mary MacLeod and P/M JB Robertson

We had a very well attended piobaireachd tutorial the other night as part of the Piobaireachd Society’s ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ series, writes the Editor. The tune I went through was the peerless Lament for Mary MacLeod and amongst other things I spoke of how it was so very difficult to play properly. Indeed I don’t think I have heard it truly mastered with any consistency. Anyway, we then got on, inevitably,…

Piping Press Shop Offers Second Hand Books – All Books Sold

Keep PP subscription free by supporting the Piping Press Shop. On special offer today are three lots of second-hand books either donated to us or superfluous to the PP archive. SOLD Lot 1 comprises an old size copy of the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor by Archibald Campbell. This historic book is offered in its 1973 edition and is in very good condition. It comes complete with a reduce-sized photocopy…

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Editor’s Notebook: Somme Pipes/ Skye Games/ JCVC Hits 100/ Mike Tumelty/ New Painting

Apropos the Somme bagpipe and the doubts and comment thereon, consider this possible sequence of events. The pipes are delivered by the War Office to the family in Northumberland some time in 1917. They have been scraped up from the battlefield mud and blood. It would be fair to assume they were in a state of disrepair after what they had been through, mounts shot up, joints cracked. The grieving…

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Editor’s Notebook: Cost of Games Cancellations/ New Fundraiser Book/ Oban March Contest/ PS Mtg

The Scottish Highland Games Association has estimated that their members generate around £25m each summer for the national economy, cash now lost to the pandemic, the latest cancellation, Skye Gathering, following a sorry pattern we’ve all become immune to. The reckoning from this protracted lockdown is coming our way and will be felt everywhere, not least in the games’ host communitites. Many rely on profit from one year to launch…

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The Mighty Creighton on Top of the World – Interview Concludes

The fifth and concluding part of our interview with Stephen Creighton, leading drummer of St Laurance O’Toole Pipe Band and the current World Drum Corps Champions. Stephen talks of how he tranformed his corps into world champions and what the future might hold…. Suddenly the mobile phone appeared and we were able to send videos, music, chat and form groups within certain apps to keep everyone updated. That made things…