More From Donald MacPherson in PP Audio Archive/ Barry Shears Plays his New Composition, The Sailor’s Lament

Just added to the revised Piping Press Audio Archive is the second half of a radio broadcast given by the great Donald MacPherson in 1972. A master of both ceòl beag and ceòl mòr, Donald was probably the best competitive piper of all time with a record of success in both disciplines which is unlikely to be beaten. The broadcast is given added interest in that it is introduced by…

The Sailor’s Lament, a new Tune Commemorating the Loss of 200 US Sailors in WW2

This week saw the anniversary of a shipping disaster which cost the lives of more than 200 US sailors. The tragic story of the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux has inspired a piobaireachd from Barry Shears, the well known piper of Cape Breton. It was commissioned by the Shasta Piping Society for their upcoming collection of modern piobaireachd….. The story of the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux is tragic one, and most likely not well known to…

Worldwide Travel With the City of Edinburgh Police PB and that Worlds Win at Corby

My first international playing experience was a trip to the inaugural Scottish Highland Games in San Diego, California, in 1974 with the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band. The trip also involved the band playing at Disneyland and SeaWorld in San Diego, and in Tijuana in Mexico.  It was interesting to discover at that time that San Diego had a Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band which had existed since 1946 and that…

‘Talk Piobaireachd’ Sessions Continue Tonight/ Games Cancellations Announced/ Identifying Members of Fintan Lalor PB, Dublin

The Piobaireachd Society’s ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ sessions continue tonight at 8pm GMT. These well-attended online lecture/discussions are open and free to all members of the Society. If you are not a member you can join here. Standard membership per annum is £15 (senior) and £5 (student or junior). This evening’s session will be led by PP Editor and Society President, Robert Wallace on a topic of his choosing. This series has…

More Historic Piping Pictures As Never Seen Before

Today we have the penultimate batch of piping photographs from desktop wizard Ronan Maguire of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band, Dublin. Ronan has generously given his time and expertise to clean, enhance and and/or colour a whole host of historic piping pictures. More than that he has kindly made them available to PP readers as free downloads. The first picture today is from the Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, in 1970. Ronan…