PP Ed’s Blog: PP Twitter/ Michael’s Funeral/ Piob Soc Concert/ Jimmy’s Bags/ Inverness/ China Chance

A new Twitter account has been created for Piping Press, your favourite, no spin, no subscription web magazine. Staff will post there as necessary and all updates and new posts from the PP magazine will also automatically be tweeted there. Sign up for Twitter here and then follow @PipingPress.  The funeral of Lord Martin of Springburn, the former MP Michael Martin, will begin at St Aloysius Church, Garnethill, Glasgow, on…

PP Ed's Blog: Band Numbers Poll Result/ Piob Soc Recital/ Ulster Petition to BBC

I think it is a bit far-fetched for yesterday’s Sunday Mail newspaper to say there is a boycott of the Worlds over band sizes. Quite the opposite with record numbers signing up every year.  Still, good that they picked up on the Wall Street Journal story and gave the issue some publicity as best they could. Shouldn’t expect the SM to get everything right and I had a laugh at the…

RSPBA Vice Chairman's Bid to Trace Uncle's Pipes from World War 2

RSPBA Vice Chairman John Hughes has contacted the Editor: ‘Just doing a bit of research into a shield that was presented to my uncle William Chisholm in 1943 from the Piobaireachd Society and with your extensive knowledge of the solo piping scene I thought I would seek your assistance. ‘I’ve attached an image of the shield and wondered if you had any insight into why it would have been presented….

Piobaireachd Society Announce Set Tunes for 2018

Piobaireachd Society Music Committee Chairman Alan Forbes has sent the following:  ‘This is to let you know that the set tunes for competitions in 2018 have now been announced in the ‘News’ section of the Piobaireachd Society website at www.piobaireachd.co.uk‘

Piobaireachd Society Conference 2017 – New Music and Friendship in the Perthshire Highlands

The Piobaireachd Society Conference affords members, friends and enthusiasts the opportunity to gather together and, over a weekend, discuss the music and listen to some fine playing in a convivial atmosphere, writes Robert Wallace. Though it has always been thus, I can remember some fiery exchanges from my early days in the late 70s and early 80s when S MacNeill, Donald MacLeod and David Murray were to the fore. Not that Donald…