John McLellan, Dunoon, Anniversary/ New John Dew Recording

Thanks for covering my Tribute website to P/M John McLellan DCM previously, writes Duncan MacGregor.As we are fast approaching two important dates on P/M McLellan’s calendar I thought I should let you know. July 31 [today] marks the 72nd year of Jock’s passing, and August 8, 2021, will be the anniversary of Jock’s birth in 1875. This picture of John McLellan DCM from the Anglo Boer War was only discovered…

Piping Among the Bretons – A History, Part 1

This article is taken from the March, 1968, edition of the US-based magazine ‘Piping World’. Though more than half a century has passed since its publication it will be particularly instructive to those readers who know little of the piping tradition in that part of the world. The peninsula which juts out some one hundred and eighty miles into the Atlantic from the northwest corner of France comprises the ancient…

Piper in the Cave of Melody With His Own Hebridean Overture on the Magical Isle of Staffa

The Island of Staffa lies to the west of Mull. It was once part of the Clan Macquarrie lands along with Ulva and a few other surrounding Islands. In 1772 a single family lived on Staffa trying to farm sheep, but due to winter storms and hard living they were not there for very long. The only structure to be seen today is the remains of a 19th century shelter…

Editor’s Notebook: Pandemic Problems for Manufacturers and State School Bands/ N Ireland Show the Way/ Tune for Cameron

All of our bagpipe and Highland supplies companies are needing business right now. First year pandemic they got by; this year is proving much more difficult. The phone’s not ringing the way it used to, the mail is drying up. Furlough money (UK government support) is being reduced and staff lay-offs are a possibility for some. Everyone in the piping community should help if they can by ordering that new…

Top Pipers Announced for Piobaireachd Society ‘Classical Pipe Music’ Annual Concert

The Piobaireachd Society has announced the line up for its annual recital of ceòl mòr entitled ‘Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure’. Those invited to play are Stuart Liddell, Decker Forrest, P/M Ben Duncan and Craig Sutherland. The concert is to be held at the National Piping Centre’s Otago Street building (formerly the College of Piping) on August 29 at 7 for 7.30pm. There will be a ‘live’ audience and tickets…