Some Early Reflections on a Weather Blessed Pipe Band Season

Pipe band expert Alistair Aitkendiscusses the pipe band season so far… By Alistair Aitken OBE Since the British Pipe Band Championships at Paisley on 19 May there have been numerous local competitions throughout the UK as well as the UK Pipe Band Championships in Belfast.  What has struck me in particular about the majority of local competitions is the reducing numbers of band entries. Contests which in the past have…

James Campbell Lecture – Part 2

Today we continue with the second instalment of the lecture given by Jonathan Gillespie at the Birnam Hotel, Perthshire, in March. One important point to emerge during this part of the talk was James’s dislike for dogmatism in piobaireachd playing or teaching. This excerpt is part of our series of articles about James Campbell, one of the important figures in 20th century ceol mor. Read more here.