Editor’s Notebook: Dress & Deportment/ Worlds Drumming/ Iain Murdo/ Clan Currie/ Evan MacRae

The committee of the Nicol-Brown amateur competition in the US deserve credit for instituting and maintaining a dress and deportment prize in their annual event. Looking at the photographs of the youngsters competing (above) is so much more pleasurable than had they been parading in shorts and t-shirts. The D/D winner, Kevin Darmadi, is top centre. The pipers are learning early on that the instrument and its music is deserving…

Researching the Pipe Band of the Royal Company of Archers, The Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland

I am attempting to find details of the uniforms that were created for the pipe band of the Royal Company of Archers (RCA). I am in the process of creating models of the RCA pipe band based on a very poor photo of the band I have found. The Royal Company of Archers is a ceremonial unit that serves as the Sovereign’s Bodyguard in Scotland, a role it has performed…

A History of St Patrick’s Donaghmore Pipe Band – Part 2

After the Second World War the band recruited Pipe Major Harry Sawyers as their tutor and this led to great success through the decade and into the 1950s. In addition to the successes he achieved with the band, of equal importance was his ability as a teacher to improve the tuning and playing techniques of the band’s many young members. This tutelage would prove paramount during the decades that followed….

Editor’s Notebook: Red Hackle in 1953/ Young Musicians Fight Covid Restrictions/ Sandy’s Tune for the Long March/ Balmoral Classic Update

David Ogilivie has sent this regarding our recent articles on the Red Hackle band: ‘I loved the stories about the Hackle. There was a photo of the band that hung in MacLeod Highland Supplies in Bridgegate, Glasgow, for many years. ‘When Donald [Gibson] was retiring and closing up shop, I asked if I could have this photo as it was most likely getting binned. It’s from 1953 and would be…

‘Westering Home’: Scots Guards Settle a Copyright Battle Between Dame Vera Lynn and Sir Hugh Roberton

The following is abridged from an article by Stephen Sedley in a recent edition of the London Review of Books … In 1957 Vera Lynn, who died this summer aged 103, recorded a song called ‘Travellin’ Home’. It was an instant hit, selling thousands of copies. On hearing it, London publisher J. Curwen & Sons noticed a striking similarity to their song ‘Westering Home’ published in 1939 and by Sir…