Forrest wins Dunvegan Medal; Smith takes Clasp

Published: August 31, 2012
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Portree, Scotland – August 8, 2012 - Decker Forrest of Skye won the Dunvegan Medal for piobaireachd at the Skye Gathering, and Innes Smith won the Col Jock MacDonald Clasp for former winners of the event. Smith played ” Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay.” Both competitions highlight the music by or strongly connected with the MacCrimmon family dynasty of pipers from Skye. Both receive invitations to the 2013 Silver Chanter competition at Dunvegan Castle.

Dunvegan Medal
1st Decker Forrest, “The Earl of Ross’s March”
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
3rd Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
4th John Angus Smith, London
5th Matt Pantaleoni, St. Louis

Judges: Malcolm MacRae, Dugald MacNeill, Allan Forbes

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