Donald MacLeod Memorial Results

The Annual Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition was held today (April 5) in Stornoway, isle of Lewis. The competition is organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society. A very high standard was reported. Piobaireachd1. Alasdair Henderson, Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House2. Callum Beaumont, Peter James MacInnes’s Lullaby3. Stuart Liddell, A Son’s Salute to his Parents4. Finlay Johnston, Lament for Angus MacPherson of Invershin March, Strathspey & Reel1. Finlay…

Duncan Johnstone Memorial Results 2024

This competition for junior professionals was held today (Sat., March 23) at the Piping Centre, Otago Street and McPhater Street, Glasgow. There were large entries in all categories, 34 in the C Piobaireachd and C MSR, and 23 in the B Piob and 24 in the B MSR.  Despite this, all events were completed by 5.30pm and the prizegiving finished just after 6pm.  B Grade Piobaireachd, Barbara Gillies Trophy1 Luke…

Uist & Barra 2024 Review: Giving Tunes a Week Early Does Not Help Pipers or Listeners

Most highlights of the day came in a four hour period between 9am and 1pm when the ten invited pipers performed their piobaireachd. They had been given their chosen tunes, selected by the promoters from six submitted, a week in advance. I’m not sure this is a good idea. Yes, it allows a programme with prescribed tunes to be printed (costly and is it really necessary?) and it reduces the…

Uist & Barra 2024 Results

This competition was held today, March 9, at the old College of Piping building in Otago Street, Glasgow. Pipers were given their tunes one week in advance. There was a large and appreciative audience throughout the day. Ten invited pipers competed. Ceòl Mòr, Glasgow Highland Club Medal1 Callum Beaumont, £220, (above), Donald Gruamach’s March2 William McCallum, £175, Earl of Ross’s March3 Alasdair Henderson, £110, Bells of Perth4 Iain Speirs, £85, Nameless-Cherede…

Editor’s Notebook: PPBSO Suspension/ Watson’s Contest/ Florida Academy/ Lewis Recital

The Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario have suspended one of their prominent members for 12 months, according to several reliable sources. I understand the suspension is in response to this individual’s consistently belligerent attitude towards the RSPBA with whom the Society have always had a good working relationship. The Society has been embarrassed into taking action but are refusing to discuss it. Well done to them for keeping…