PP Ed’s Blog: Stuart Liddell/ Dave’s Tune/ Wallace Bagpipes/ Band Season Starts

Fortunate to catch Cailean Maclean’s excellent ‘Crunluath’ programme on BBC Radio Alba last weekend. One track featured the astonishing Stuart Liddell playing some Gaelic airs and kitchen piping. The finger work he is capable of defies belief and all on a richly toned bagpipe with perfect chanter intervals. The problem with this sort of brilliance is that youngsters start trying to imitate what Stuart does before they’ve perfect the basics of…

Dunedin Games, Florida, and Stuart Liddell Recital

Our North American Correspondent reports a St Thomas Alumni win in  Grade 2 at this north Florida games. The picture up top shows adjudicator Ken Eller scoring Dunedin Middle School… In a sun drenched arena, 17 bands took part in the afternoon competition, with over 120 solo performers going through their paces in the morning session. A crowd of around 15,000, with a strong Texan contingent,  attended a full day of…

PP Editor’s Blog: Kilberry Bagpipes/ British Championships/Piping Live

Double Gold Medallist Douglas Murray has taken over Kilberry Bagpipes in Edinburgh and reports brisk business at his premises in St Mary’s Street just off the Royal Mile. The above pic shows Dougie outside his new shop. Visitors are welcome to call in for a chat or to have their pipes looked over by an expert. Douglas will be leading his much-improved Fife Constabulary band onto the field at the…

PP Ed’s Blog: Donald MacLeod, New England School, Stuart Liddell Pipes, Pipes & Sticks

I must say that from what little I saw of the Donald MacLeod livestreaming (on the mobile phone) it all looked very professionally done. A high quality production with three cameras deployed so that the angles could be varied by the show’s director. Good to see BBC Radio nan Gaidheal there too so we can look forward to hearing the music in improved harmonic depth via Cailean MacLean’s excellent show on…

PP Editor’s Blog 3/1/15

I hope everyone is enjoying the free download of Pipe Band magazine. Couple of missing things. The names of the two brothers on the front cover (below) are Marcus and Matthew Wenlock from Cullybackey, Northern Ireland, and very well done to them. Two World Champions in the same family is some going by any estimation. Moving on to the adults, here’s a recording of Steven McWhirter and Stuart Liddell (our…