MacColl captures fourth Clasp; Liddell wins HP&J; Midgley takes B-Grade March, Dewar S&R at Northern Meeting

Published: September 30, 2011
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Inverness, Scotland – September 2, 2011 - Angus MacColl of Benderloch, Scotland, gained his fourth Clasp, the most prestigious award on the second day of events from the Northern Meeting at Eden Court Theatre. Earlier in the day, Derek Midgley and Euan Dewar won the B-Grade March and Strathspey & Reel, respectively, and Stuart Liddell won his second Hornpipe & Jig title.

The Clasp was additionally notable by the fact that Faye Henderson of Kirriemuir, Scotland, was the first female ever to compete in the competition. She played against her father, Murray, who was vying for his seventh win of the prize.

Among the  first-day results were Niall Stewart winning the Goild Medal, Jack Lee capturing his fourth Silver Star MSR and Gordon Bruce gaining “the double” in the Silver Medal.

Clasp (restricted to previous winners of the Gold Medal at Oban or Inverness)
1st Angus MacColl, “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute”
2nd Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “War or Peace”
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “Port Urlar”
4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Port Urlar”
5th Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “The Piper’s Warning to His Master”

Judges: Bill Livingstone, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Readers interested in learning more about the tunes set for the Clasp, Gold Medal and Silver Medal competitions should be sure to investigate William Donaldson’s Set Tunes Series on pipes|drums.

B-Grade

March
1st Derek Midgley, Glasgow
2nd Gordon Bruce, Glasgow
3rd Gavin Fergusson, Campbeltown, Scotland
4th Stuart Easton, New Zealand
5th Andrew Hall, Upminster, England

Judges: John MacDougall, Stuart Shedden, Tom Speirs

Strathspey & Reel
1st Euan Dewar, Oban, Scotland
2nd Sean McKeown, Toronto
3rd Gavin Fergusson
4th Derek Midgley
5th Keith Bowes, Glasgow

Judges: Jim McGillivray, Iain Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

Premier / A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
2nd Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
3rd Alistaiur Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
4th Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario
5th Andrew Bonar, Vancouver

Judges: Jimmy Banks, Iain MacFadyen, Malcolm McRae

Juniors

Piobaireachd
1st Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
2nd Seamus O’Baoighill, Plockton, Scotland
3rd Karla Urquhart, Muir of Ord, Scotland
4th Cameron MacDougall, Nigg, Scotland

Under-18 MSR
1st Charlie MacDonald, Inverness, Scotland
2nd Angus J. MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
3rd James McPetrie, Aboyne, Scotland
4th Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Scotland

Under-15 MSR
1st Sandy Cameron
2nd Seamus O’Baoighill
3rd Kayleigh Nicolson
4th Calum Brown

Alan Bevan of Surrey, British Columbia, won the coveted Dress & Deportment prize.

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  1. JoelKimball

    Good for Angus MacColl! Of greater note (for me) – congrats to former bandmates Sean McKeown and Ian K. MacDonald for your high placings! Well done, boys! I can say I knew you when….:) Well done by all the competitors, and thanks as always to you Andrew for keeping us abreast of events across the globe. Slainte…

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