Piobaireachd Society Announce Set Tunes for 2025/ UK Champs Reminder/ Ross’s Recordings

The Music Committee of the Piobaireachd Society has recommended the following tunes for the Silver and Gold Medal competitions at the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering 2025. Gold Medal: Prince’s Salute, Lament for the Departure of King James, Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute, Stewarts’ White Banner, Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament, Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute, MacLeans’ March, A Son’s Salute to his Parents. Four tunes to be submitted. Young Laird…

Major John M. Allan MBE 1934-2024

The death has been reported of Major John Allan MBE. He passed away peacefully at Castlehill Care Home, Cradlehall, Inverness. He was 89. Major Allan (Queen’s Own Highlanders) was Director of Army Bagpipe Music from 1981–1990. Only last week his former graduates at the school presented him with a tune as a thank you for all he did for them during their time at the Army School then based in…

Final Details and Draws for Annual Scottish Pipers’ Association Professional Competition

Final details and draws for the Scottish Pipers’ Association annual professional competition next Saturday (April 6) have been announced. The competition is sponsored by the Piobaireachd Society, and the Competing Pipers’ Association. 8am Main doors open to NPC McPhater Street, Glasgow8.30am Auditorium C Piobaireachd, 28 competitors8.30am Collinson Room: Open March and Strathspey & Reel, 26 competitors8.30am Robertson Room: C Grade March and Strathspey & Reel, 28 competitors1pm Collinson Room: Open…

A Glasgow Taxi, A Stolen Set of Pipes and a Lucky Coincidence

Around 1975/6 I was building a house in Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire, a few miles west of Glasgow. To generate money to finance this project I decided to drive a Glasgow taxi for a couple of years as I was told that it was a very well paid occupation at that time if you worked hard. I sat the topographical test (known among London cabbies as ‘the Knowledge’) and to my amazement…

Lochaber Juniors/ Donald MacLeod Memorial

Lochaber Piping Society’s annual youth piping and drumming competition was held on Saturday, March 23, in the Gaelic Primary School, Caol, Fort William. Adjudicators were P/M Alistair Duthie, Jon Don MacKenzie, Moira Robertson, P/M DJ MacIntyre and Brian Graham (drumming), writes Ken Cameron, President. We had 60 entries across fifteen classes and the total number of individual performances was 134. While the number of contestants was encouraging, comment has been…