Corgarff and Strathmore Games Results

Corgarff Games, Aberdeenshire – Saturday 11th June. Quite challenging conditions, windy and overcast. Five played in the senior events. Scott Oliphant, Forres, judged all the events. Piobaireachd1st John McDonald (pictured above)2nd Jeffrey Lawson3rd Michael Laing March1st John McDonald2nd Jeffrey Lawson3rd Alan Clark Strathspey & Reel1st Jeffrey Lawson2nd Alan Clark3rd John McDonald Jig1st Jeffrey Lawson2nd Alan Clark3rd Michael Laing 6/8 March1st John McDonald2nd Jeffrey Lawson3rd Alan Clark Strathmore Games, Angus –…

News from the Piobaireachd Society: Conference, Summer School and Plea for Stewards

The Society has reluctantly had to cancel its 2022 Annual Conference, writes President Robert Wallace. Difficulties over dates at the venue, the National Piping Centre, and ongoing covid concern over attendance made the decision inevitable The Society’s General Committee has determined on a re-launch of the Annual Conference for 2023, the venue again being the Piping Centre and the dates March 24/25. The Society has also announced that it has…

History: Scottish School Exams in Piping

Around fifty years ago the Institute of Piping met to formulate a plan that was transform the teaching of piping in Scotland. The Institute aimed to petition the Scottish Education Department to have the bagpipe accepted as an instrument in music exams. The Institute had been formed by the Piobaireachd Society, the College of Piping and the Army School of Piping act as an examining body for the bagpipe. It…

New Blowstick Promotion from FLUX

FLUX blow sticks and manufacturers McCallum Bagpipes have sent this: Safeguard against moisture with a revolutionary moisture control system suited to all bagpipers. We are introducing a new FLUX Blowpipe+ which uses new technology to absorb 4x more moisture, creating an even better product than you have experienced before to make the moisture control experience truly seamless. What’s new with the Flux Blowpipe +? A new specially engineered needlefelt cloth…

Editor’s Notebook: Winter School/ Angus MacKay/ Brighde at COP/ Oldest Band/ Roddy Cannon

We are well into the 2021 Northern Winter School here on the plains of Lower Saxony and as I write the music mingles with forests and fields that have borne witness to the best and worst of human conduct. In this little corner of Lohheide over 50 piping and drumming students banish the pandemic memories, learn their rudiments and re-kindle old friendships. The format is, as ever, hard work in…