Enhanced Pictures: Glen Correction/ John MacDougall Gillies/ John Wilson, Toronto & Edinburgh

The third batch of pictures today from Ronan Maguire of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, Dublin. There has been a considerable response to the earlier articles publicising Ronan’s work. Yves Tyson in Brittany has pointed out: ‘About Glen’s pictures, it is of Sandy Glen (son of David) and grandson of Alexander Glen. The young lad checking the pipes is not David (Sandy’s brother) but a young apprentice (unknown).’ Thank you…

Thousands Tune in for Scottish School’s Burns Supper

A Perthshire school is providing online piping, poetry and prose for those interested in celebrating Robert Burns. Strathallan School, based in Forgandenny, took the decision to host its annual Burns Supper online this year but thousands of viewers from across the globe have already tuned in to celebrate the Bard. Hosted on YouTube, the 30-minute video was initially created to help Strathallan families celebrate Burns Night but the video has…

Only Five Days Left to Enter for Major Solo Competitions at Oban and Inverness

Entries for the major solo piping competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting close on January 31, we have been asked to point out. The dates for each of the contests are, respectively, August 25/26 and Sept 2/3. Despite fears over pandemic cancellation, almost 80 pipers have signed up already. However this figure would normally be well over 100. Organisers are keen to stress that if pipers intend playing…

Let Your Bagpipe Help You Rise Above the Turmoil

Thirteen years ago we were going through another major crisis – the financial crash. Fortunes were lost; governments in a panic; western capitalism on the brink. At the time I penned a piece which suggested how we pipers could cope. I’ve updated it for our current ordeal…. The nights are darkly dim. Black forces rattle on the window pane. The insidious virus threatens to wrest the porridge spoon of prosperity…

Analysis: What Are the Best MSRs for a Band and Those Who Write its Drum Scores?

Having been a lead drummer for many years, I have spent countless hours composing snare drum accompaniments to bagpipe tunes. I have always wondered why some tunes seem so compatible with the snare drum that their accompanying scores almost write themselves, while other tunes are less so, with some requiring a lot more work and (often) compromise before an acceptable drumming match can be scripted. During the Covid-19 lockdown in…