February 8, 2023

Finlay MacDonald to represent pipers and drummers’ interests to Scottish Parliament in BBC Scotland debate

National Piping Centre director of piping, renowned piper, recording artist and performer Finlay MacDonald is scheduled to speak to the interests of pipers and drummers at a special session of the Scottish Parliament on February 23rd. The parliamentary session is to discuss potential drastic budget cuts to BBC...
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January 28, 2023

Andrew Wright: the 1995 pipes|drums Interview – Part 1

When Andrew Wright died on October 23, 2022, the piping and drumming world lost a remarkable figure. He left behind a...
January 26, 2023

A piping whodunnit: the life and mysterious death of Archibald Ferguson, composer of “MacLean of Pennycross”

By Jeannie Campbell Archibald Ferguson will be unknown to most pipers, apart from the very few who notice composers’...
January 24, 2023

Opinion: For the sake of the art and an audience, we need judging reform

Lord it’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar Where do we take it from here? Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars...
January 23, 2023

2023 Set Tunes Series: ‘The End of the Little Bridge’

Since 2001, Dr. William Donaldson has been contributing his Set Tunes Series for pipes|drums readers. Now comprising...
From the archives
May 14, 2017
Piping history’s greatest mother
Mary Collie could be the most important mother in piping history . . .
This day in history
February 8, 1603
Battle of Glen Fruin.

Names and Places 2023 - Celtic Connections Pipe Band Concert

A set of Robert Reid pipes played by Anthony Kelly

Richard Parkes on the Vale and Ian Duncan's influence

The Art of Losing - Part 2

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