OBAN PIPE BAND – NEW PIPE MAJOR

Oban Pipe Band is delighted to announce that Andy Matthews has been elected as pipe major, with Niall Jordan as his pipe sergeant, writes Band President Iain Hurst. Andy and Niall will succeed Daniel Johnstone and James Rosie, who have led the band since 2018. The band committee wish to thank Daniel and James for their contributions to the band and the successful last season of competition in 2019. It…

Piping Among the Bretons – A History, Part 2

We continue with this article taken from a 1968 edition of the US-based magazine ‘Piping World’. Read the first part here… The post-war piping boom in Brittany, however, is almost beyond belief, and a leading part in the revival of active interest has been played by the same Highland bagpipe which some thought might ‘wipe out’ Breton piping in the region. The greatest advances have become apparent in the development…

Piping Among the Bretons – A History, Part 1

This article is taken from the March, 1968, edition of the US-based magazine ‘Piping World’. Though more than half a century has passed since its publication it will be particularly instructive to those readers who know little of the piping tradition in that part of the world. The peninsula which juts out some one hundred and eighty miles into the Atlantic from the northwest corner of France comprises the ancient…

Editor’s Notebook: Pandemic Problems for Manufacturers and State School Bands/ N Ireland Show the Way/ Tune for Cameron

All of our bagpipe and Highland supplies companies are needing business right now. First year pandemic they got by; this year is proving much more difficult. The phone’s not ringing the way it used to, the mail is drying up. Furlough money (UK government support) is being reduced and staff lay-offs are a possibility for some. Everyone in the piping community should help if they can by ordering that new…

Top Pipers Announced for Piobaireachd Society ‘Classical Pipe Music’ Annual Concert

The Piobaireachd Society has announced the line up for its annual recital of ceòl mòr entitled ‘Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure’. Those invited to play are Stuart Liddell, Decker Forrest, P/M Ben Duncan and Craig Sutherland. The concert is to be held at the National Piping Centre’s Otago Street building (formerly the College of Piping) on August 29 at 7 for 7.30pm. There will be a ‘live’ audience and tickets…