Editor’s Notebook: Modern Bagpipes/ Lothian & Borders/ John Stewart/ Three part 6/8s/ Sandy on Alba/ Results 1960

During my talk for the Bagpipe Association of Germany last week I emphasised how important it was to have an instrument that was easy to reed, easy to tune and steady. Have a think, dear reader, about your own pipe. Does it measure up? Do you spend more time actually getting your pipes going than practising or playing? If so you have a problem. If it does not answer all…

Pandemic Allows Time for New Collection of Music with 56 Original Tunes

It has been nearly 10 years since my first book ‘Lands of Bens and Glens and Heroes’ was published and I am now delighted to present a second volume of original compositions, namely ‘The Parkgrove Collection’.  Although I have been accumulating compositions since 2011, it was only during 2020 that I was able to complete the works and bring this book to fruition. You will understand the circumstances which have existed for us…

Modern Technology Used to Enhance Historial Piping and Pipe Band Photographs

Thanks to the technical wizardry of St Laurence O’Toole piper Ronan Maguire, Piping Press is now able to publish enhanced and coloured images of important historical figures in piping and pipe bands. Two examples of Ronan’s work are published today with more to follow. To give readers an idea of the expertise involved Ronan says of the picture above: ‘The band pic is SLOT from 1956, before restoration (below) and…

Fond Memories of P/M Tony Crease and a Video of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at the Height of their Success

There was a lengthy and heartfelt response to the news last week that P/M Tony Crease of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards had passed away. Here are a few: ‘A great man. Loved by all the staff of Cambria Officer’s Mess. We are left with many happy memories,’ Mary McCullough MBE and staff. ‘I had the honour to serve under Pipe Major Tony Crease in our Pipes & Drums from…

Willie MacDonald, Inverness, and a Piping School in Rhodesia 1974

County Durham-based piper Neil Thain has kindly forwarded this article on a piping school held in the then Rhodesia in 1974 and conducted by William MacDonald, Inverness. Mr Thain has a collection of recordings of piobaireachd he made of Willie during the school and it is hope these can be made available via the Piobaireachd Society’s archive in due course. Fifty years ago Rhodesia was a small country in Southern…