Final: Beaumont wins Clasp at Northern Meeting; Midgley Silver; Smith, Sutherland B-Grade victors

Published: September 30, 2012
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Inverness, Scotland – September 7, 2012 - Callum Beaumont won the highest award in piping for piobaireachd by taking the Clasp at the Northern Meeting in his first attempt after winning the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2011, thus making himself eligible for the event. Murray Henderson placed second, narrowly missing becoming the only player in history to win the Clasp iat least once in each of five decades.

Earlier in the day, Derek Midgley of Mill Town, New Jersey, was awarded the Silver Medal in a 10-contestant final, that saw five players each from two heats held the previous day go through.

Audience attendance at the Northern Meeting this year has been relatively light, with as few as 30 watching the Gold Medal and about 150 at the Silver Star MSR.

Clasp
1st Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland, “Craigellachie”
2nd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
3rd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Rout of the Lowland Captain”
4th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “The Unjust Incarceration”
5th Euan MacCrimmon, Inverness, Scotland, “The Stewarts’ White Banner”

Judges: Colin MacLellan, Malcolm McRae, Iain Morrison

Silver Medal
1st Derek Midgley, “Catherine’s Lament”
2nd Michael Fitzhenry, Glasgow, “Lament for Donald of Laggan”
3rd Darach Urquhart, “Salute to Donald”
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland, “The Bicker”
5th Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Salute to Donald”

Judges: Patricia Henderson, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
2nd Alastair Lee, Vancouver
3rd Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
4th Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland
5th Andrew Carlisle, Pittsburgh

Judges: Ian Duncan, John MacDougall, Stuart Shedden

B-Grade
March
1st Innes Smith
2nd Colin Campbell
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th Andrew Lee
5th Fiona Manson

Judges: Jimmy Banks, Iain MacFadyen

Strathspey & Reel
1st Craig Sutherland
2nd Gavin Ferguson
3rd Andrew Lee
4th Steven Leask
5th Greg Wilson

Judges: Bill Livingstone, Jack Taylor

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  1. Lawrie

    I had the pleasure to meet and spend some time with Callum, ‘talking shop’ on a VERY long drive to go and tutor somewhere. He’s a tremendous student of the caper and very humble to boot. A nicer bloke you won’t find. I did remark to him that it was rather demoralising to listen to a baby-faced lad in his early 20′s agonise over what tunes to submit in the Clasp! Poor bugger! ha ha! Well done, lad! I’ve seen and heard what makes you tick. This result comes as no shock to me, or I doubt many others too. ;-)

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Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
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