Editor’s Notebook: P/M Poser/ Band Practice/ Academy Job/ CNE Results/ Eagle Pipers Results

Firstly today, can anyone name the Pipe Mjor pictured above? He was P/M of a police band, a well known solo piper and winner of many top awards. He also produced a book of tunes and composed a few good ones himself. The man in question had roots in South Uist. Read on for the answer….. Thanks to the reader who reminded me of one crucial aspect of the new…

‘Talk Piobaireachd’ Resumes/ Piobaireachd Society Tuition Bursary Applications Open

The Piobaireachd Society has confirmed that it will be resuming its successful ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ internet discussions this winter, beginning next month and running until next spring. The sessions are open to all members free of charge. Those who have agreed to lead them are: Jack Lee, Jimmy McIntosh, Dr Jack Taylor, Robert Wallace and Duncan Watson. Usually two tunes are covered per session with digressions into aspects of the piobaireachd tradition…

P/M John Weatherston MBE BEM of Red Hackle Pipe Band

John Barbour concludes his articles on Red Hackle Pipes & Drums with a profile of its best-known Pipe Major. We are grateful to former RSPBA judge John (Ian) Wood for the above picture of P/M Weatherston with the Worlds trophy won at Belfast in 1962…. John Carlton Weatherston was born at 53 Forge St., Garngadhill, Glasgow on July 7th, 1917. His father was a gas works labourer who was a…

Famous Pipe Bands: Red Hackle Pipes & Drums Part 2

The mid-to-late 1950s was a good period for the Red Hackle. The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 and at the Braemar Gathering where the band was playing, she presented Pipe Major McLeod with the Braemar Gathering Shield in front of the 31,000 people who attended the games that year to celebrate the start of her reign. In October 1953 the first Red Hackle BBC radio broadcast took place….

The Great Bill Boyle and What a Privilege it was to Learn from Him

Australian piper and adjudicator Dennis Browning follows up on our earlier story from Nicholas Taitz about New Zealand’s master piper, the late Bill Boyle, ‘the best since GS’…… The above photo was taken in my lounge room in May 1980. Pictured are Brian Wilson, Bill Boyle and myself. Bill was invited to judge at the East Coast Championships here in Newcastle, New Soouth Wales, and he stayed with me for…