‘Big’ Donald MacLean and Arm Swapping and Harry’s Father’s Pipes

I read George Taylor’s letter re swapping arms, writes Duncan Watson. Re Donald Maclean. I understood that big Donald did start playing under the right arm and to conform with others in the pipe band scene in the Army he was ‘instructed’ to  switch to his left arm. Counter marching through pipers in a band seemed to a problem with cords getting in a tangle. The late Willie MacDonald (Benbecula) could…

History: The Scottish Pipers’ Association Junior Competition of 45 Years Ago

The following comes from the November 8, 1972 edition of the Oban Times and is by its then piping correspondent, John MacFadyen. The Oban Times is a popular newspaper and reflects a wide range of west Highland and Argyllshire news. To its credit it has, over the years, always had a piping column, a column usually written by a leading piper or authority on piping such as John. This article…

PP Editor’s Blog: RHF Pipe Major/ Black Watch Pipe Major/John MacFadyen etc.

P/M Gordon Walker has sent this: ‘The picture [above] shows D/M Ronnie Hughes and P/M Eddie Frame at Edinburgh Castle. Eddie was P/M of the Royal Highland Fusiliers before P/M Gavin Stoddart. Eddie passed away last week and his funeral is on Monday, November 30th, at Holytown Crematorium, Lanarkshire.’ Don’t forget the Gordon McCready recital in the Hole in the Wa’ pub in Dumfries tomorrow night (Tues, Nov 24). Support…

Guest Blogger: The Three Wise Men and Some Thoughts on Technique

Your favourite web magazine, pipingpress.com, is open to all those who wish to blog about some piping or pipe band matter and who feel a shorter letter would not do their opinion justice. Today we turn a page over to piper, teacher and adjudicator Duncan Watson….. I read the letter from Jimmy McIntosh regarding the reference to piobaireachd embellishments and was reminded of, and amused with, the reference to  ‘The Three…

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…