Ronan’s Pictures Final Instalment: JB Robertson, Robert Meldrum, Donald MacLean, James Center

The final instalment today of enhanced piping pictures all courtesy Ronan Maguire former All Ireland Solo Piping Champion and currently a leading member of St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band in Dublin. We are extremely grateful to Ronan for supplying the pictures and making them available for download to Piping Press readers. Use our Search facility to view and download earlier images in this series. Today we begin with P/M JB…

Editor’s Notebook: Lockdown Hopes/ International Piper/ Moira and Evan/ Lochaber Contest/ Duncan Campbell

After the recent raft of competition cancellations I hope we can have a period of calm during which summer promoters and their committees stand back and look at the overall picture. They should take on board all the considerable changes to lockdown there will be from next month onwards. Rather than just take the easy way out, approach difficulties with a ‘can do’ outlook. You have a responsibility to the…

P/M Evan Macrae’s Memoirs and a Touching Tribute from a Former Pupil

Thirty years after his death, P/M Evan Macrae’s memoirs ‘Over the Chindwin to Lochaber – A Scottish Piper’s Memoir’ have been published by his son Duncan. Here he gives us the background to the book and insight into the character of his Gold Medallist father. Duncan’s report is followed by a tribute to Evan from his former pupil, Silver Medallist Moira Robertson (née Morrison). I know you published an article…

Pipe Band Contest Season 2021: Findings of PP Poll Announced

A significant proportion of the pipe band commnunity want what is left of the 2021 season to be rescued. In answer to our poll question ‘Should the RSPBA run a truncated 2021 pipe band season?’ almost half of those who responded agreed with the comment ‘Yes, we need to get back out playing again’, writes the Editor. However a significant proportion, 32%, thought it best to scrap everything and wait…

First Northern Hemisphere Games of 2021 Held ‘Live’ in Jacksonville, Florida

The Northeast Florida Highland Games this past Saturday marked the first northern hemisphere ‘live’ outdoor event since lockdown began just a little over a year ago. As such, it may be that other Games organisers and competitors here, and perhaps worldwide, will be interested in how things went. The event in some ways might have historical value or importance in years to come, as I think our mindset has been…