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Oban Day 2: Sutherland sweeps A-Grade; Morrison king of the jigs; Lee, Ouellette take B-Grade events

Published: August 28, 2014

Oban, Scotland – August 28, 2014 – The second day of events at the 2014 Argyllshire Gathering brought competitors outdoors for the light music events in cool and breezy conditions and the usual starter’s pistol and bouncy castle distractions. Twenty-one-year-old Craig Sutherland won both the A-Grade events, while Fred Morrison’s return to competitive solo piping this year now features winning the Jig.

The traditional march to the games, led by 2014 Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medallist Douglas Murray (front left), with Gordon McCready, Bill Geddes and Silver Medallist Decker Forrest L-R in the front.

A-Grade
March
1st Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland
2nd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
3rd Alastair Dunn, Glasgow
4th Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
5th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
6th Bill Geddes, Glasgow
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Robert Wallace, Bob Worrall

Craig Sutherland

Strathspey & Reel
1st Craig Sutherland
2nd Alastair Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
3rd Alasdair Henderson
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
6th Jamie Forrester, England
Judges: Ian Duncan, Willie Morrison, John Wilson

Premier & A-Grade Jig
1st Fred Morrison, Bishopton, Scotland
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Steven Gray, Locherbie, Scotland
4th Alex Gandy
5th Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
Judges: Andrew Frater, Bruce Hitchings, Malcolm McRae

Fred Morrison on his way to winning the Jig at Oban. [Photo: Simon McKerrell]

B-Grade
March
1st John Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
2nd Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
3rd Greig Canning, Edinburgh
4th Steven Gray
5th Decker Forrest, Skye, Scotland
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain MacFadyen, Patrick Molard

Strathspey & Reel
1st Eric Ouellette, New York
2nd Colin Campbell, Inverness, Scotland
3rd Angus J. MacColl, Oban, Scotland
4th Ben Duncan, Perth, Scotland
5th Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Scotland
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Colin MacLellan, Ronnie McShannon

Oban: Gandy wins Senior Piob; Murray takes Gold; Forrest Silver; Liddell MSR

Published: August 27, 2014

Dougie Murray, 2014 Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medallist

Oban, Scotland – August 27, 2014 – Bruce Gandy won the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering, the top event at the competition, and one of the biggest awards in solo Highland piping. It was the first time Gandy has captured the prize.

In the Gold Medal, Douglas Murray of Cupar, Scotland, won the Highland Society of London Gold Medal, at the top of a list that followed with four Canadian-born pipers. American émigré to Scotland Decker Forrest took home the Silver Medal.

Later in the evening, a large group competed in the Former Winners Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel

Senior Piobaireachd (16 competed)
1st Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, “Lament for the Laird of Annapool”
2nd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “Lament for the Laird of Annapool”
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
4th Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “The Red Speckled Bull”
5th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Abercairney’s Salute”
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Malcolm McRae, Andrew Wright

Bruce Gandy, winner of the Senior Piobaireachd at the 2014 Argyllshire Gathering, with some of his spoils. [Photo: Derek Maxwell]

Highland Society of London Gold Medal (27 competed)
1st Douglas Murray, “MacNeill of Barra’s March”
2nd Ian K. MacDonald, Toronto, “Lament for the Only Son”
3rd Andrea Boyd, Ottawa, “The Big Spree”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Lament for the Departure of King James”
5th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa, “The Big Spree”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Robert Wallace, John Wilson

Oban Silver Medallist Decker Forrest

Silver Medal (29 competed)
1st Decker Forrest, Skye, Scotland, “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute”
2nd Angus J. MacColl, Oban, “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute”
3rd Sean McKeown, Toronto, “Kinlochmoidart No. 1″
4th Stuart Easton, New Zealand, “The Groat”
5th Sandy Cameron, “The Battle of Aldearn” No.2
Judges: Patrick Molard, Willie Morrison, Stuart Samson

MacGregor Medal
1st Cameron MacDougall, Nigg, Scotland, “The Battle of Auldearn” #2
2nd Scott Barrie, Ayr, Scotland, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
3rd Irsa Beckford, Maine, USA, “The Unjust Incarceration”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Ronnie McShannon, Stuart Shedden, Bob Worrall

The MacGregor was run in two heats, and the all four judges adjudicated the final.

Silver Star Former Winners MSR (26 competed)
1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Gordon McReady, Renfrew, Scotland
4th Angus MacColl
5th Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland
Judges: Walter Cowan, Barry Donaldson, John MacDougall

Stay tuned to pipes|drums Magazine for more results from Oban as they become available.

 

 

World’s best ready for Oban test

Published: August 26, 2014

Argyllshire_Gathering_logoAbout 60 of the world’s best Highland pipers will converge again at the picturesque Scottish Highland town of Oban for the Argyllshire Gathering, one of the premier events on the solo competition piping calendar.

The piobaireachd events will take place at indoor venues on Wednesday, August 27th, while the traditional outdoor light music competitions will be held at the Argyllshire Gathering Park the day after, started with the traditional march to the games by competing pipers, in which the new Gold Medalist is the “pipe-major.” The group generally plays “The Argyllshire Gathering” into the park.

The 2012 march to the Argyllshire Gathering, with Gold Medallist Finlay Johnston in the P-M spot.

Twenty-nine have entered for the Highland Society of London Gold Medal contest, one of the two sister piobaireachd events each year, along with the same award at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in September. Winning a Gold Medal puts a piper’s permanent stamp on history, and opens the door to entry to elite piobaireachd competitions, including the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban and the Clasp at the Northern Meeting.

pipes|drums Magazine as always will have results from the Argyllshire Gathering as they are made available, so be sure to stay tuned.

Draws for the major events;

Senior Piobaireachd
1 Jack Lee (Canada)
2 Callum Beaumont (Scotland)
3 Iain Speirs (Scotland)
4 Euan MacCrimmon (Scotland)
5 Angus MacColl (Scotland)
6 Niall Matheson (Scotland)
7 Finlay Johnston (Scotland)
8 Stuart Liddell (Scotland)
9 Andrew Hayes (Canada)
10 Greg Wilson (New Zealand)
11 Fred Morrison (Scotland)
12 Glenn Brown (Scotland)
13 Willie McCallum (Scotland)
14 Faye Henderson (Scotland)
15 Bruce Gandy (Canada)
16 Roddy MacLeod (Scotland)

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1 Innes Smith (Scotland)
2 John Mulhearn (Scotland)
3 Andrew Hayes
4 Allan Russell (Scotland)
5 Jori Chisholm (USA)
6 James MacHattie (Canada)
7 Andrea Boyd (Canada)
8 Alasdair Henderson (Scotland)
9 John-Angus Smith (England)
10 Alex Gandy (Canada)
11 Margaret Dunn (Scotland)
12 Glenn Brown
13 James P. Troy (Canada)
14 Craig Sutherland (Scotland)
15 Gordon Bruce (Scotland)
16 Donald MacPhee (Scotland)
17 Douglas Murray (Scotland)
18 Ian K. MacDonald (Canada)
19 Derek Midgley (USA)
20 Gordon McCready (Scotland)
21 David Wilton (Scotland)
22 William Geddes (Scotland)
23 Peter McCalister (Scotland)
24 Jamie Forrester (Scotland)
25 Cameron Drummond (Scotland)
26 Alastair Lee (Canada)
27 Andrew Bonar (Canada)
28 Andrew Carlisle (USA)
29 Jenny Hazzard (Scotland)

Silver Medal
1 Neil Walker (Scotland)
2 Steven Gray (Scotland)
3 Matt Pantaleoni (USA)
4 Decker Forrest (Scotland)
5 Mael Sicard-Cras (France)
6 Eric Ouellette (USA)
7 Greig Canning (Scotland)
8 Connor Sinclair (Scotland)
9 Robert Gray (Scotland)
10 Greig Wilson (Scotland)
11 Robert Gibb (Scotland)
12 Jamie Hawke (New Zealand)
13 Jason Craig (Scotland)
14 Ed Bush (Canada)
15 Sandy Cameron (Scotland)
16 David Shedden (Scotland)
17 Michael Fitzhenry (Northern Ireland)
18 Darach Urquhart (Scotland)
19 Peter Hunt (Scotland)
20 Graham Drummond (Scotland)
21 Angus J. MacColl (Scotland)
22 George Stewart (Scotland)
23 Colin Campbell (Scotland)
24 Sean McKeown (Canada)
25 Michael Elder (Scotland)
26 Andrew Hall (Scotland)
27 Martin Kessler (Germany)
28 Stuart Easton (New Zealand)
29 Sarah Muir (Scotland)

Former Winners MSR
1 Margaret Dunn (Scotland)
2 Bruce Gandy
3 Iain Speirs
4 Chris Armstrong (Scotland)
5 Gordon Walker (Scotland)
6 Jack Lee
7 Neil Walker (Scotland)
8 Cameron Drummond
9 Alastair Lee
10 Neil Smith
11 Alastair Dunn (Scotland)
12 Niall Matheson
13 Douglas Murray
14 Finlay Johnston
15 Glenn Brown
16 Stuart Liddell
17 Roddy MacLeod
18 Willie McCallum
19 Andrew Carlisle
20 Ian K. MacDonald
21 Jori Chisholm
22 Niall Stewart (Scotland)
23 Angus MacColl
24 Allan Russell
25 Donald MacPhee
26 Gordon McCready

Glasgow College of Piping left in the lurch with resignation of principal

Published: August 25, 2014

The College of Piping, Otago Street, Glasgow.

The College of Piping in Glasgow has been left scrambling after its principal, Robert Wallace, abruptly “retired” from the organization in a move that, according to sources close to the organization, was unexpected.

The organization, which was founded in 1944 by Seumas MacNeill and Thomas Pearston, had established a steady presence as a leader in teaching piping in Scotland and around the world. Located on Otago Street in Scotland’s biggest city, the College of Piping progressed until the death of MacNeill in 1996.

The organization was led by Dugald MacNeill for several years, until Wallace was appointed Principal in 1999.

The announcement was made on the organization’s website, apparently without the knowledge of the organization’s board of directors. With Wallace aged 63, the brief story labelled the move as a “retirement.” Wallace thanked various individuals, but not the College of Piping overall or its directors.

Wallace’s was also editor and publisher of the Piping Times monthly digest, which MacNeill and Pearston also started in 1948.

Under MacNeill’s management, the publication was celebrated for his often acerbic commentary and biting humour, but was nonetheless an important record of Highland piping.

Seumas MacNeill had been closely involved with the establishment of what would later become the National Piping Centre, but fell out with other leaders of the project when he was informed that he would not be the principal. The College of Piping had originally planned to amalgamate with Piping Centre, but MacNeill, who was in declining health at the time, decided to keep the College of Piping as a separate organization.

Directors of the organization were not immediately available for comment on the record about Wallace’s decision.

According to readily available public documents due to the charitable status of the organization, the College of Piping Services Ltd. carries financial liabilities of £427,499 and a total net worth of £200,257.

ScottishPower sets Sept. 19th deadline for L-D applications

Published: August 23, 2014

ScottishPower_logoThe ink is hardly dry on the prize money cheques from the World Championships, and bands are already starting post-season plans. The Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band of Glasgow has formalized its search for a replacement for retiring Leading-Drummer Barry Wilson by asking for applications by September 19th.

The band had announced Wilson’s departure earlier in the year, with unsubstantiated rumours flying around that entire drum sections from other bands would move to ScottishPower immediately after the World’s.

Barry Wilson playing for the last time with ScottishPower, at the 2014 World Championships.

According to Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong, “The ideal candidate would already have experience in effectively leading a drum corps at the highest level and have the ability, commitment, drive and enthusiasm to produce quality creative music.”

Applications are to be sent directly to Armstrong via email.

The band finished sixth at the World Championships, in what was seen by many as an undeservedly relatively low placing overall. With the Armstrong/Wilson leadership tandem, ScottishPower has risen to the top of the top-tier of Grade 1, and has finished as high as second at the World Championship, but has never been able to convince judges that its drum section is a winner, despite Wilson’s highly successful career, which includes four consecutive World Solo Drumming Championship titles from 2007 to 2010.

Armstrong added that, as far as he is aware, Wilson will not be playing with another band in the future.

Craig Campbell of Utah wins 2014 Pick The Six!

Published: August 21, 2014

PickTheSix_newsWith another record number of entries to the annual pipes|drums Pick The Six competition, Craig Campbell of Layton, Utah, USA, emerged a clear victor of the winner-take-all collection of prizes contributed by advertisers, with a combined suggested retail value of nearly $2,500.

Some 2,117 entrants participated in the contest this year. Campbell had a total score of 15 to take the bounty:

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (3 points)
2nd Inveraray & District (3)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (3)
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (3)
5th Simon Fraser University (0)
6th ScottishPower (3)

Congratulations to Craig Campbell for his canny ability to guess the future!

And thanks once again to all who entered and, of course, to all of our advertisers for their support.

Here are the prizes that Craig can look forward to receiving:

BagpipeLessons.com a one-year membership to the BagpipeLessons.com Studio. Retail price: $240.

Boderiou Bagpipes one Boderiou poly band pipe chanter. Retail price: $205.

Bruce Gandy Music a six-pack of tunes. Retail price: $42.

Chris Armstrong Bagpipes Set of X-Treme standard drone reeds. Retail price: $130.

Elixir Piping & Drumming A book of the winner’s choice and all corresponding recordings and sheet music of exam pieces from the company’s wide selection of materials. Retail price: approx. $30.

Lee & Sons Bagpipes Any pipe bag of the winner’s choice: sheepskin, goatskin, cowhide with or without zipper and/or grommets. Retail price: $389.

Lyons Bagpipes On set Crozier Carbon Drone Reeds, $110 retail value, and a Moose Valve, $40 retail value.

Mayor Drum Supply Bass section prize pack: Set of Mayor Bass and Tenor Mallets; set of Hosbilt World’s Edition tenor drum heads (1 top head per drum); pair of Hosbilt bass heads with artwork (print ready art to be supplied); Mayor TMD. Total retail value: $1,100.

McGillivray Piping / Pipetunes.ca One copy of Rhythmic Fingerwork ($38); one copy of Piobaireachd Fingerwork ($38); and a $100 Pipetunes gift certificate.

Reelpipes a copy of Fred Morrison’s Outlands Collection ($35) and a copy of Along the Road ($25).

Sound Supreme Precision Made Reeds a half-dozen pipe chanter reeds to whatever strength and make of chanter required. Retail value: $75.

Walsh Bagpipes An adjustable blowpipe and protector so it can be removed from the blowpipe and be stored with the valve protected. Retail value: $135.

 

And, just a refresher on the rules, which we stressed should have been read very carefully, so that no one’s entry would have to be disqualified:

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World’s 2014: a pipes|drums photo feature – Part 1

Published: August 20, 2014

The 2014 World Pipe Band Championships have already flown by, and this year’s event was as big as or even better than ever. The RSPBA and Glasgow Life do an impeccable job of running the extravaganza, which runs, if not like clockwork, at least as well as the Giant Wheel that looms over Glasgow Green.

We couldn’t be everywhere, of course, but we bring you some of our better photos from the two days. We’ll run our photo feature over two parts.

We hope that you enjoy revisiting some sights from the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

Vale of Atholl tuning up on the Friday.

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“Lament for the Departure of King James” – latest in the 2014 Set Tunes Series

Published: August 19, 2014

Exclusive to readers of pipes|drums Magazine, we bring you the latest installment in Dr. William Donaldson’s 2014 Set Tunes Series, an analysis of the piobaireachds set for this year’s major solo piing competitions.

Simply click on the first page below to go to the full tune and MP3 audio file, and the complete archive of the more than 140 piobaireachds in the series.

Click to go to Set Tunes Series

 

HD video: Field Marshal Montgomery – 2014 World Champions

Published: August 16, 2014

FMM-logoGlasgow – August 16, 2014 – Field Marshal Montgomery were crowned 2014 World Champions following two days of competition at Glasgow Green against 22 other bands from around the globe. Contestants on the final day of competition had to deal with at times extremely difficult weather, but thankfully nothing like the situation that had been forecasted. With Grade 1 finishing before 3:30 pm, enough time was available to hold the Grade 2 final in the main arena, to the enjoyment of those on the park and the many watching the streamed broadcast via the BBC. The announcement of all final results were not complete until nearly 8 pm.

Field Marshal Montgomery celebrates at the moment of the announcement of their win of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championship.

Grade 1
Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
2nd Inveraray & District (Scotland)
3rd St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)
Drumming: Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe-Major Richard Parkes with his fourth consecutive World’s trophy and tenth overall.

MSR
1st Inveraray & District (5,3,3,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,7,4)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (6,2,4,2)
4th ScottishPower (3,5,2,5)
5th Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (4,4,5,3)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (2,6,1,8)
Judges: Robert Pollock, Cameron Edgar (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Medley
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,2,1)
2nd Inveraray & Distict (3,1,6,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,3,3,3)
4th People Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (6,6,1,4)
5th Simon Fraser University (2,4,5,6)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (4,5,4,7)
Judges: Nat Russell, Jim Semple (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble). MSR

Grade 2
 (12 competed in final)
1st Brieg (France)
2nd Bleary & District (Northern Ireland)
3rd Buchan Peterson (Scotland)
4th Lomond & Clyde (Scotland)
5th Mackenzie Caledonian (Scotland)
6th St. Thomas Alumni (USA)
Drumming: Buchan Peterson
Judges: Peter Snaddon, Sam Young (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

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Grade 2 winners Bagad Brieg marching off of the field.

Grade 3A
1st Johnstone (Scotland)
2nd 101 Northumbrian Regiment R.A. (England)
3rd RAF Waddington/Halton (Scotland)
4th Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)
5th Ballybriest (Northern Ireland)
6th Annsborough (Northern Ireland)
Drumming: Johnstone
Judges: John McCarlie, Ken Eller (piping); David Brown (drumming); Tony Sloane (ensemble)

Grade 3B
1st Thiepval Memorial
2nd Craigmount
3rd Upper Crossgare
4th Matt Boyd Memorial
5th Belgian Blend
6th Wallacestone & District
Drumming: Royal Burgh of Annan
Judges: Dixie Ingram, Robert Mathieson (piping); Sandy Russell (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

Juvenile
1st Dollar Academy
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th Scotch College Melbourne (Australia)
5th Kintyre Schools
6th George Heriot’s School
Drumming: George Watson’s College
Judges: Nat Russell, Jim Semple (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Grade 4A
1st 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF
2nd Lochmaben Royal Burgh
3rd Tralee Pipes & Drums
4th Closkelt
5th 3rd Batallion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
6th Marlacoo & District
Drumming: 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF
Judges: Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble)

Grade 4B
1st Burnt Island & District
2nd Methil & District
3rd Royal Burgh of Stirling
4th Whitewater
5th Ballyboley
6th Irvine & District
Drumming: Burnt Island & District
Judges: James Campbell, Colin Moffett (piping); William Black (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

Novice Juvenile
1st George Watson’s College
2nd George Heriot’s School
3rd West Lothian Schools
4th Dollar Academy
5th Robert Malcolm Memorial
6th Preston Lodge High School
Drumming: George Herriot’s School
Judges: Ian Wood, Jim Wark (piping); Sandy Steele (drumming); Malcolm MacKenzie (ensemble)

 

Qualifiers decided for Grade 1 World’s Final

Published: August 15, 2014

WorldChampionshipsGlasgow – August 15, 2014 – After a 22-band qualifying event across two contests for two heats, 12 Grade 1 bands were selected by the two judging circles to go through to the Final of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green. Actual results of the heats were not announced, and only the 12 qualifying bands were publicized in no specific order so as not to have potential impact on judging.

78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
Canterbury Caledonian (New Zealand)
Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
Greater Glasgow Police (Scotland)
Inveraray & District (Scotland)
Peoples Ford – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
ScottishPower (Scotland)
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)

Adjudicators: MSR Heat 1 and Medley Heat 2: Gordon Lawrie, Harry Stevenson (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble). MSR Heat 2 and Medley Heat 1: Bob Worrall, Bill Garrett (piping); Iain MacInnes (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).

Also competing, but not making it to the Grade 1 Final:

Bagad Cap Caval (France)
Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
Los Angeles Scots (USA)
New Zealand Police
Peel Regional Police (Canada)
Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
Ravara (Northern Ireland)
Stuart Highlanders (USA)
Toronto Police (Canada)
Vale of Atholl (Scotland)

Piping Live! Day 4 – Brown reigns at Pipe Idol; that’s the rain on

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PipingLive2014_logoThe fourth day of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival came with sun, clouds, wind, drizzle and a 15-minute torrential downpour that turned the Buchanan Street pedestrian walk into a cascading river.

With the qualifying round of the Grade 1 contest on the Friday, the Thursday seemed like the Friday, the Northern Ireland and Ireland bands arriving and circulating around. Field Marshal Montgomery timed their outdoor practice perfectly in terms of missing the rain, and large crowds gathered to see them do their FMM thing at Kelvingrove Park.

Calum Ian Brown competing in the final of Pipe Idol.

The final qualifying round of Pipe Idol saw James Dyson of Nova Scotia make the final, held later in the day in the auditorium of the National Piping Centre. Dyson joined other qualifiers Calum Ian Brown, Ben Murray and Calum Watson, and it was Brown who was named 2014 Pipe Idol winner, taking home a bunch of prizes, including a set of Fred Morrison Reelpipes.

_PipingLive2014_Day4_ (1)_smallThe pipes|drums “Little Supper” was scarfed up quickly by hungry festival-goers, who munched and swilled to the sound of the Grade 2 Portland Metro Pipe Band, practicing/performing in the usual spot outside the NPC.

Boraraig

The day wrapped with a great performance by Calum MacCrimmon’s band Boraraig, who split the bill with Rakish Paddy at the New Athenaeum theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

An early night for the sensible, who hit the hay comforted at least by a decent forecast for Friday . . . but the biggest day, Saturday, looking a bit darker with rain predicted for at least part of it.

Rein in the rain, and let the bands reign, we say, as pipes|drums wraps up our daily coverage of Piping Live! and now puts attention on the World Pipe Band Championships.

Stay tuned!

 

 

So much more than a “pipe band concert”

Published: August 14, 2014

Euan Anderson reviews the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band’s Ceolry concert, from the crucible of pipe band performance stages . . .

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Piping Live! Day 3 – sunshine can’t be beaten as festival continues

Published: August 13, 2014

Calum Watson

The third day of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival brought a bright but fairly cool day to patrons of the biggest week on the piping and drumming calendar, with crowds starting the day off with a packed turnout for the live debut of Chris Armstrong’s X-Treme drone reeds, launched officially on pipes|drums in late-July.

With the Grade 1 Qualifier moved this year the Friday, an unusual feeling for a Wednesday seemed to seep in, with a palpable wariness and somewhat tempered consumption of beer.

Glasgow Police Drummers rehearsing before the big show.

Over in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band dedicated most of the day to putting the final touches to their Ceolry show, to be staged in the evening. The band seemed loose and in great spirits, as they and guest musicians and compere John Wilson ran through the two-plus-hours program at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, promoted as always by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band.

Watch for a full pipes|drums review of the concert.

Living piping legend Jack Lee offered up a splendid lunchtime recital at the National Piping Centre’s auditorium, and the penultimate round of Pipe Idol went to Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia member Calum Watson, who will play in the four-piper final on Thursday.

New York Metro gives the crowds a tune on Glasgow’s famed Sauchiehall Street.

Later that evening, a fine recital of tunes from World War I was delivered inside the Centre, while outside Grade 1 Dowco-Triumph Street held an open practice.

Dowco-Triumph Street at their 6 pm National Piping Centre open practice.

A reminder to pipes|drums Magazine readers to get in their Pick The Six ballots before the 6 pm GMT Thursday deadline if they want to have a chance for the winner-take-all prize package worth $2,500, compliments of pipes|drums advertisers.

Tensions are sure to rise ever higher on Thursday, but at least the forecast is good for the next three days, including Thursday evening when pipes|drums buys the first 50 a burger and a beer at our “Little Supper” at 6 pm at the Piping Centre.

Here’s a video of some highlights of what we were able to cover from Day 3 of Piping Live! Enjoy!

Piping Live! Day 2 – report from the scenes at a wet Glasgow

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The second day of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival brought more overcast skies and rain – about average for Scotland’s biggest city. Undeterred, Piping Live! patrons enjoyed the day as always, packed full of a plethora of mostly free events.

The day culminated with the International Quartets Competition, a nerve-racking event that makes competing at the World Championships a walk in the park, which, come to think of it, is what Glasgow Green is. Inveraray & District won the competition for the third time since it became a staple at Piping Live!

We hope that you enjoy our video highlights from Tuesday, August 12th, the second day of Piping Live! and – for Grade 1 bands, anyway – only two days from those two walks in the park.

 

pipes|drums puts on a FREE Little Supper at Piping Live!

Published: August 12, 2014

hamburger“The Lament for the Little Supper” is a terrific shorter piobaireachd, but there will be no lamenting on Thursday, August 14th, when pipes|drums Magazine provides the first 50 people to line up at the National Piping Centre’s front desk to voucher for receive a free pint or soft drink and hamburger outside the National Piping Centre to say thanks to our readers for another great year!

PintThe pipes|drums Little Supper will start at 6 pm on World’s Eve. The first 50 can enjoy a beer and a burger while they listen to the Grade 2 Portland Metro Pipe Band practice outdoors, in what’s hoped to be dry weather.

“Mainly due to the Friday start to the World’s, we weren’t able to hold our usual performance events,” said pipes|drums Editor Andrew Berthoff. “But we wanted to show our appreciation, and came up with The Little Supper concept with the Piping Live! Folks. We hope that the first 50 will enjoy a beer and a burger while they enjoy listening to the Portland Metro band.”

  • The pipes|drums Little Supper
  • What: A free beer or soft drink and burger for the first 50 people only
  • When: Thursday, August 14, 6 pm
  • Where: National Piping Centre
  • Go to: NPC front desk
  • Compliments of: pipes|drums Magazine

We hope to see you there!

Piping Live! Day 1 – video highlights from piping & drumming’s greatest week

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The 2014 Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival officially opened today, and pipes|drums Magazine was on the scene – or, rather, scenes, with multiple venues across the great city of Glasgow hosting events.

We hope that you enjoy this video medley of a few of the events that we were able to get to today, really just part of everything happening on Day 1 of six fantastic days of piping and drumming fun.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums Magazine for more from Piping Live!

Liddell sweeps Masters Solos: Glenfiddich bound

Published: August 11, 2014

Stuart Liddell reflects on winning the Glenfiddich Masters Solo Piping Competition. [photo: Derek Maxwell]

Glasgow – August 11, 2014 – The Masters Solo Piping Competition started off a week of Livestream events from Piping Live!, this one featuring many of the top solo pipers in the world competing in piobaireachd and MSR contests, with the overall winner getting a place in this year’s Glenfiddich Championship. Besides the apparent strong uptake on free streaming video, the National Piping Centre boasted a full hall for the competition, with lots of well-known piping personalities in the audience. Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, gained the overall award, and thus an invitation to the Glenfiddich.

Piobaireachd (14 competed)
1st Stuart Liddell, “A Sons Salute to His Parents”
2nd Finlay Johnstone, Glasgow, “The Lament for the Union”
3rd Jack Lee, “War or Peace”
4th Glenn Brown, “MacNeil of Barra’s March”
Judges: William Morrison, Jack Taylor, Andrew Wright

Also competing in the Piobaireachd, but not in the prizes: Callum Beaumont, Brian Donaldson, Faye Henderson, Angus MacColl, Roddy MacLeod, Donald MacPhee, Niall Matheson, William McCallum, Fred Morrison and Gordon Walker.

MSR (19 competed)
1st Stuart Liddell, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
2nd Roddy MacLeod, “The Clan MacColl,” “Lady Louden,” “The Rejected Suitor”
3rd Willie McCallum, “Crags of Stirling,” “Shepherd¹s Crook,” “The Little Cascade”
4th Gordon McCready, “93rd at Modder River,” “Blair Drummond,” “Cecily Ross”
Judges: Walter Cowan, John Wilson, Bob Worrall

Also competing in the MSR, but not in the prizes: Glenn Brown, Andrew Carlisle, Brian Donaldson, Cameron Drummond, Margaret Dunn, Peter Hunt, Finlay Johnstone, Jack Lee, Angus MacColl, Ian K. MacDonald, Donald MacPhee, Niall Matheson, Simon McKerrell, Fred Morrison, Neil Smith and Gordon Walker.

 

Stuies pick off Perth

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Stuart_Highlanders_full_logoPerth, Scotland – August 10, 2014 – The glorious sunshine on Scotland’s brighter side at North Berwick on Saturday gave way to heaving rain in Perth on Sunday. Several bands entered, including the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Canada and New Zealand’s Canterbury Caledonian, opted not to compete rather than subject their instruments and players to the weather. Ultimately, the Stuart Highlanders proved the RSPBA’s upgrade of the band to Grade 1 accurate, by winning the event. St. Thomas Alumni of Houston adjusted to the weather well, throwing down the Grade 2 gauntlet by taking straight firsts.

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Stuart Highlanders competing at Perth.

Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Stuart Highlanders (USA) (2,1,1,1)
2nd Vale of Atholl (Scotland) (1,3,3,2)
3rd New Zealand Police (3,2,2,3)
4th St. Thomas Alumni (USA) (Gr2) (5,4,4,4)
5th Mackenzie Caledonian (Gr2) (Scotland) (4,5,6,5)
6th Portland Metro (Gr2) (6,6,5,6)
7th Antwerp & District (Gr2) (Belgium) (7,7,7,7)
Judges: Tom Brown, Jennifer Hutcheon (piping); Willie Black (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Grade 2 (Medley)
1st St. Thomas Alumni (1,1,1,1)
2nd Mackenzie Caledonian (3,2,3,2)
3rd Portland Metro (2,3,2,3)
4th Antwerp & District (4,4,5,5)
5th Peter Vardy Glenrothes & District (Gr3) (6,6,4,4)
6th Vale of Atholl (Gr3) (5,5,6,6)
Judges: Tom Brown, Jennifer Hutcheon (piping); Willie Black (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Solo Piping
Open
Piobaireachd
1st William Geddes
2nd Peter McCalister
3rd Allan Russell
4th Martin Kessler
5th Darach Urquhart

March
1st Greig Wilson
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Andrew Donlon
4th Matt Pantaleoni
5th Connor Sinclair

Strathspey & Reel
1st Connor Sinclair
2nd Sandy Cameron
3rd Callum Watson
4th Greig Wilson
5th M Pantaleoni

Jig
1st Connor Sinclair
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Greig Wilson
4th Eric Ouellette
5th Andrew Donlon

B-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Eric Ouellette
2nd Miael Sicard Cras
3rd George Stewart
4th Sandy Cameron
5th Callum Watson

C-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Andrew Donlon
2nd Jan Belak
3rd Duncan Beattie
4th Brian Mulhearn
5th Josien Teerlink

Junior
March
1st Harry Richards
2nd Harry McLachlan
3rd Finlay Cameron

Strathspey & Reel
1st Harry Richards
2nd Harry McLachlan
3rd Finlay Cameron

Piping Live! 2014 – p|d’s daily picks for what to hit

Published: August 10, 2014

PipingLive2014_logoThe 2014 edition of Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival is poised to begin on Monday, August 11, with a program of events more diverse than ever. Tens of thousands will descend on Glasgow for the six days of performances and exhibits, culminating with the World Pipe Band Championships on Friday and Saturday, August 15-16, at Glasgow Green.

It’s piping and drumming’s greatest week. There’s nothing else like it. Those who visit Glasgow for all of the six days of Piping Live! are spoiled for choice, and the best thing to do would have been to purchase a £90 Golden Ticket that gets you into just about everything. Considering many people are spending thousands just to get to Glasgow, it’s a fantastic deal.

But for those who have to pick-and-choose what to go to, here is pipes|drums Magazine’s daily picks for the choicest events – to us, anyway – on what we would most look forward to seeing and hearing.

Willie Lawrie – he died for piping in the Great War.

Monday, August 11
Masters Solo Piping Competition – all day, National Piping Centre
Jings, $17 to listen to the world’s very best solo pipers is a terrific deal. Piobaireachd and light music. There are more gold flashing here than at a hip-hop convention.

Pipers of the Great War – A Photographic Exhibition – all day, National Piping Centre
World War I was a horrible thing, but a saving grace was that it produced some of piping’s greatest pieces of light music. Historical photos from the Imperial War Museum and the Scottish National Archives are unveiled for viewing throughout the week.

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Inveraray, Boghall lead at North Berwick; Stuarts make a stake

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Inveraray_logoNorth Berwick, Scotland – August 9, 2014 – Inveraray & District and Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia won the Medley and MSR in Grade 1 at a warm and sunny North Berwick, one of the last precursors to the World Championships. A number of non-UK bands competed, swelling the numbers, and the Stuart Highlanders of Massachusetts, a topic of a grading controversy earlier in the year, showed that it belongs in the top grade by placing ahead of two established Grade 1 bands in the Medley.

Grade 1
Medley
1st Inveraray & District (Scotland) (1,1,1,2)
2nd Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland) (2,2,2,1)
3rd 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada) (3,3,3,3)
4th Stuart Highlanders (USA) (6,4,5,4) (enspref)
5th Police Scotland Fife (Scotland) (4,6,4,5)
6th New Zealand Police (5,5,6,6)
Judges: Jim Campbell, John Wilson (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)

MSR
1st Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (2,2,1,1) (enspref)
2nd Inveraray & District (1,1,2,2)
3rd Police Scotland Fife (4,4,3,3) (enspref)
4th 78th Fraser Highlanders (3,3,4,4)
5th New Zealand Police (6,5,5,5)
6th Stuart Highlanders (5,9,7,6)
Judges: Gordon Lawrie, G. Wilson (piping); Joe Noble (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble

Grade 2 (13 competed)
1st Portland Metro (USA) (2,2,2,4)
2nd St. Thomas Alumni (USA) (1,1,3,7)
3rd George Watson’s College (Scotland) (Juv.) (4,8,1,1)
4th City of Edinburgh (Scotland) (5,3,4,3)
5th George Heriot’s School (Juv.) (Scotland) (6,4,11,2)
6th College of Piping (Gr3) (Canada (9,6,6,5)
Judges: Gordon Lawrie, G. Wilson (piping); Joe Noble (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

Lochaber yes more for Willie McCallum

Published: August 9, 2014

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Willie McCallum [photo: Derek Maxwell]

Fort William, Scotland – August 9, 2014 – Willie McCallum won all three of the solo piping events for those graded Premier of A by the Competing Pipers Association, including the Lochaber Gold Axe for Piobaireachd. The contest was held at the Nevis Centre.

Senior (11 competed)
Premier & A-Grade
Piobaireachd (An Tuagh Oir – Gold Axe)
1st Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
2nd Euan MacCrimmon, Inverness, Scotland
3rd John Angus Smith, London
4th Edward McIlwaine, Vancouver
Judges: Alan Forbes, Iain MacFadyen

March (Lochaber Gathering Gold Medal)
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Colin Campbell, Inverness, Scotland
3rd John Angus Smith
4th Peter Hunt, Glasgow
Judges: Alan Forbes, Iain MacFadyen

Strathspey & Reel
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
3rd Colin Campbell
4th Euan MacCrimmon
Judges: Alan Forbes, Iain MacFadyen

B/C Grade (17 competed)
Piobaireachd (An Tuagh Airgead)
1st Matt Pantaleoni, St. Louis
2nd Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
3rd Ursa Beckford, Clifton, Maine
4th Finlay Clark, Spean Bridge, Scotland
Judge: Rab Wallace

MSR
1st Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
2nd Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland
3rd Matt Pantaleoni
4th Ursa Beckford
Judge: Rab Wallace

Open (28 competed)
Hornpipe & Jig (Lochaber Gathering Shield)
1st John Angus Smith
2nd Decker Forrest, Skye, Scotland
3rd Gordon McCready
4th Colin Campbell
Judges: Alan Forbes, Iain MacFadyen

Junior
18-Under
Piobaireachd (An Tuagh Umha – Bronze Axe)
1st Brighde Chaimbeul, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
2nd Connor Jardine, Airdrie, Scotland
3rd Ally Weir, Fort William, Scotland
Judge: Archie MacLean

MSR (Lochaber Gathering Salver)
1st Brighde Chaimbeul
2nd Connor Jardine
3rd Ally Weir
Judge: Archie MacLean

Hornpipe & Jig (Clansman Garage Shield)
1st Brighde Chaimbeul
2nd Wallace Dempster
3rd Ally Weir
Judge: Archie MacLean

15-Under
Piobaireachd
1st Donald Stewart, Stewarton, Scotland
2nd Wallace Dempster, Arisaig, Scotland
3rd Finlay Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
Judge: Archie MacLean

MSR
1st Donald Stewart
2nd Wallace Dempster
3rd Finlay Cameron
Judge: Archie MacLean

Hornpipe & Jig (Lochaber Gathering Medal)
1st Donald Stewart
2nd Finlay Cameron
3rd Angus MacPhee, Inverness, Scotland
Judge: Archie MacLean

 

Plug, play, safety squeeze: DC2 reed promises ease-of-use consistency

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David Caldwell

He says it has been 20 years in the making, with painstaking research and development, and now David Caldwell’s DC2 chanter reed is poised to go to market, promising “plug-and-play” readiness, but with the ability to make strength adjustments with no loss in quality.

The Northern Ireland-based Caldwell’s DC1 chanter reed has already been on the market for some time, with the Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band – in which Caldwell is a piper – playing them with success.

He said that the DC2 is “designed to be instantly playable within a few minutes while maintaining a very stable, well-balanced, bright sound. You can adjust the strength of the DC2 quite easily without losing any of the qualities associated with the reed. The reeds have also been played in a number of pipe chanters to ensure consistency and stability.”

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Caldwell DC2 reeds (top) feature a seamless brass staple; DC1 copper staple reeds shown below.

While the DC1 reed was a success particularly with top-level pipers, he said that the DC2 is “more flexible for all levels of expertise.” Caldwell said that the reed has been designed to work well in numerous makes of chanters.

The differentiating aspects of the new reed he said include blades precision profiled to work with a seamless brass staple that matches the tone of his copper staple DC1, and the ability to squeeze the blades at their centre to adjust weight and pitch with less risk of damaging the reed.

Caldwell said he will have samples available at the World Championships. He said that he will sell them directly from his own online business, and that in the coming months at least one dealer in each piping-rich country of the world will stock them.

Caldwell has set the price at £10 for each of the DC2 and DC1 model reeds.

As recently as the 1990s, the pipe chanter reed market was domintade by only two or three makers, namely McAllister, Shepherd and Warnock. Over the last two decades reed options for pipers and bands have exploded with dozens of craftsmen entering the market successfully. While competition has grown, average prices have nonetheless steadily increased, but with far better reliability and quality control in products.

Sweetheart win for Liddell at Dunvegan

Published: August 7, 2014

Stuart Liddell [photo: Derek Maxwell]

Dunvegan, Skye, Scotland – August 6, 2014 – Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, won the Silver Chanter, held at Dunvegan Castle, in the annual piobaireachd event that features invited pipers. He played “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart,” assigned to him as one of the compositions attributed to or associated with the MacCrimmon dynasty of hereditary pipers to Clan MacLeod.

Also competing were Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland; Michael Elder; Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow; Dougie Murray, Cupar, Scotland; and Innes Smith, Bridge of Allen, Scotland.

Ian MacFadyen awarded the Silver Chanter, the only prize in the event.

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Participants in the 2014 Silver Chanter (L-R): Roddy MacLeod, Innes Smith, Callum Baumont, Michael Elder,Fear an Tighe Hugh Cheape, Stuart Liddell and Douglas Murray. [photo: Derek Maxwell]

 

 

 

2014 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules

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For the twelfth straight year pipes|drums Magazine is pleased to provide readers with a guide to the schedules and locations of practices of Grade 1 bands competing for the World Pipe Band Championship, this year in Glasgow.

All bands are listed, including those that have not yet responded with details. Their information will be added if or as it is provided, so please keep checking back over the days leading up to the World’s.

Readers are advised that schedules may change, and that they should double-check before making travel plans. Bands are listed in alphabetical order.

Readers can assume that bands not responding aren’t keen to have visitors at their practices, but please check back for new additions and changes.

Checking out a few practices could also help with your decision-making for pipes|drums Magazine’s fun Pick The Six contest!

We hope that you find our guide useful, and happy listening!

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