21st MacLeod Memorial goes out to Roddy MacLeod

Published: April 4, 2014
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Roddy MacLeod with his winnings from the 21st annual Donald MacLeod Memorial, along with Donald MacLeod’s daughter, Susan, the namesake of the great strathspey.

Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland – April 4, 2014 – With a first in the Piobaireachd and a third in the MMSSRR, Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow was the overall winner of the 2014 P-M Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition in Scotland’s Hebrides. The event commemorates the life and music of the great piper. The Hornpipe & Jig does not factor in the overall award. It was the 21st annual competition. Allan Forbes, Iain MacFadyen and Willie Morrison judged all events.

Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for the Iolaire”
2nd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “A Son’s Salute to His Parents”
3rd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Roderick MacDonald’s Salute”
4th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Salute to a White Primrose”

MMSSRR
1st Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “P-M J. McWilliams,” “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Catlodge,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “The Cockerel in the Creel,” “Loch Carron”
2nd Stuart Liddell
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Stuart Liddell
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Alastair Dunn, Glasgow

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Pipers should avoid memorizing their music until the tune can be played from start to finish, fluidly, without error and at full speed. Once you memorize your music, it will become your reference every time you play. If your memory of the music has flaws in it, through repetition, you will permanently cement these flaws in your playing. Memorization is similar to the wood stain that would be added when building a bookcase – it would be the final touch to a finished product.
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