Arisaig Games Results

A very pleasant day on the beautiful west coast. Champion Piper James MacKenzie (r) is pictured with Ceol Beag Champion, Finlay Cameron. Piob 1 James MacKenzie 2 Jonathan Simpson 3 Andrew Hall 4 Finlay Cameron 5 Connor Kellett Judge: A Maclean March 1 Jonathan Simpson 2 Finlay Cameron 3 James MacKenzie 4 Calum MacColl S&R 1 Finlay Cameron 2 James MacKenzie 3 Jonathan Simpson 4 Connor Kellett Jig 1 Andrew Hall 2 James…

PP Ed’s Blog: Worlds G1 Draw/ Donald’s Pipes/ Dick York/ Donald Campbell/ Solo Judges

Reader Ian Forbes on the Grade 1 Worlds qualifying draw… ‘I have several comments. The current system is to divide up the top six bands from last year’s results, and split them with three bands going into each heat with the other bands drawn at random. However, this system, while having its merits, does not take account of the current season’s results and there are two additional bands, Fife Police and…

Ulster Pipe Band Championships – Picture Parade

After a break of seven years pipe band contests returned to the seaside town of Newcastle, County Down, when 38 bands and 45 drum majors descended on the town to compete for the Ulster Champion title at Donard Park on Saturday 21st July.  A Highland dancing competition held in a large marquee added to the Scottish flavour of the day in Newcastle. The Chieftain of the Gathering was Councillor Mark…

Lochearnhead Games Results (Juniors Added)

It was a warm day at this popular games held last Saturday, July 21. Eleven pipers played. The winner of the piobaireachd was Dr Peter McCalister who received the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society Bronze Star. Before turning professional Dr McCalister was a member of the amateur Society. He is pictured above with the ceol mor trophy. 1. Peter McCalister (War or Peace) 2. Callum Wynd (Desperate Battle) 3. John Dew…

P/M Tom MacLean, Strathendrick Pipe Band

Piping is full of unsung heroes. Teachers who work away in the background, neither getting nor asking for publicity, content to quietly do their bit for our music without fuss or favour. The passing of one such has been brought to our attention by respected RSPBA adjudicator and piping tutor Jim Semple, a Worlds winner on many occasions with Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.  Jim writes…’Today I found out that my…