McCallister, McCready, Muirhead gather prizes at Atholl

Published: May 25, 2014
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Gordon McCready with the Glenfiddich sponsored prize for overall champion at the 2014 Atholl Gathering. [Photo: Derek Maxwell]

Blair Atholl, Scotland – May 25, 2014 – About 30 pipers turned out for the annual Atholl Gathering, where cool and showery weather was not as bad as was forecast. Numbers were down slightly from previous years, but still a healthy turnout for one of the Scottish solo piping circuit’s more popular events. There were two heats for each light music event, with two judges taking each heat. All for light music judges assessed the final round. Gordon McCready was the overall winner on the day.

Piobaireachd
A-Grade
1st Peter McCallister, Dunblane, Scotland, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
2nd Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh, “Glengarry’s March”
3rd Allan Russell, Kelty, Scotland, “Lament for the Only Son”
4th Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland, “The Battle of Waternish”
5th Michael Elder, Auchtermuchty, Scotland, “The Groat”
6th William Geddes, Dumfries, Scotland, “Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”
Judges: Murray Henderson, Bill Wotherspoon

B-Grade
1st Gordon Barclay, Skye, Scotland, “Black Donald’s March”
2nd George Stewart, Perth, Scotland, “Too Long in This Condition”
3rd Keith Bowes, Inchinnan, Scotland, “Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart” No. 1
4th Sandy Cameron, Roybridge, Scotland, “The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy”
5th Neil Clark, Drumnadrochit, , Scotland, “Corrienessan’s Salute”
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Andrew Wright

C-Grade
1st Scott Barrie
2nd John Cameron
3rd Peter Skae
4th Ben Mulhearn
5th Brian Mulhearn
Judges: Stuart Shedden, Ronnie Clark

Open Light Music
MSR
1st Gordon McCready
2nd Scott Barrie, Ayrshire
3rd William Geddes
4th Angus J MacColl, Benderloch
5th Peter Hunt, Irvine
6th Craig Muirhead, Stirling

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Craig Muirhead
2nd Jenny Hazzard
3rd Gordon McCready
4th Steven Leask, Ayrshire
5th William Geddes
6th Allan Russell

Light music judges: James Banks, Patricia Henderson, John MacDougall, Robert Wallace

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