Preview of New Edition of Pipe Band Magazine

The April 2015 edition of the magazine will be out on Wednesday as a free download from the RSPBA or from the ppresshop.  Followers of the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band (pictured below in 1974 under P/M Tom MacAllister Jnr. and L/D Alex Duthart) will be interested to read of the life and times of band legend Sandy Bell. Here’s a short excerpt:  ‘At Shotts, a period of re-building started again when,…

New Letters: Crieff, Piobaireachd Embellishments etc.

Letters today from Alan Cardwell re his father Denver, Matt Pantaleoni re the Crieff debacle and Jimmy McIntosh on piobaireachd embellishments. The latter mentions John MacDonald of Inverness, Seumas MacNeill, John MacFadyen, Capt. John MacLellan, Ed Neigh, Jim McGillivray and Bob Worrall. Read all letters  here. William MacLean’s transliteration of the Gesto Canntaireachd has just passed its 100th download. The book is free here. Read about P/M MacLean here. There’s…

Niall Stewart Recital/ Pipes for Sale/ New Letters

Euan MacCrimmon reports: ‘Hi Rob, We had a fantastic recital from Niall Stewart [pictured above on the night, 20/2/15] on Friday night (70+ in audience) and Brian Yates of Inverness Piping Society has written a report – link attached.  The report has a link to Niall’s full list of tunes. Regards, Euan.’ Brian’s report begins: ‘Niall Stewart treated the packed house of 75 to a wonderful evening of piping. He gave a superb recital,…