September 30, 2009

10-year-old Springbank toasts with new format

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition on Saturday, September 12th, at the Argyll Arms Hotel in Campbeltown, Scotland, is adding a unique new twist, with a new 6/8 March event.
That may not seem terribly new, but the competition requires players to use it as part of their tuning before the Piobaireachd competition, according to organizers with the hope of making things “a bit more interesting” than the usual tuning phrases. Not only that, but the 6/8 march must be a tune composed by a native of Argyllshire.
The 6/8 march event is in addition to the usual Piobaireachd, MSR and Hornpipe and Jig sections.
The competitors and their respective tunes are as follows:
Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
6/8 – “Bengullion” composed by Ronnie Fleming
Piobaireachd – “Lament for the Children”
MSR – “Parkers Welcome to Perthshire,” “Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque,” “Lady Loudon,” “Susan Macleod,” “Kildonan,” “Dr. MacPhail’s Reel”
HP&J – “P-M Calum Campbell’s Caprice,” “Alex MacDonald”
Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
6/8 – “The Highland Brigade Depot” composed by Ronald McCallum
Piobaireachd – “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
MSR – “Abercairney Highlanders,” “P-M John Stewart,” “John Roy Stewart,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “John Morrison, Assynt House,” “Willie Murray’s Reel”
HP&J – “Busy Buddy,” “The Blue Lagoon”
Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
6/8 – “Heading for Lochsanish” composed by Hugh A. MacCallum
Piobaireachd – “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
MSR – “Major Manson at Clachantrushal,” Capt. Campbell of Drum a Voisk,” “Dora Macleod,” “Caber Feidh,” “Roddy MacDonald’s Fancy,” “John MacKechnie’s Big Reel”
HP&J – “Colin MacKay,” “Old Wife of the Milldust”
Douglas Murray, Cupar, Scotland
6/8 – “The MacNeal’s of Ugadale” composed by John M. MacKenzie
Piobaireachd – “Isabel MacKay”
MSR – “Mrs John MacColl,” “Highland Wedding,” “Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “Highland Harry,” “John Morrison, Assynt House,” “Alick C. MacGregor”
HP&J – “Crossing the Minch,” “The Rakes of Kildare”
Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow
6/8 – “Margaret C. Hay” composed by Ronald McShannon
Piobaireachd – “Lady MacDonald’s Lament”
MSR – “Clan MacColl,” “Hugh Kennedy,” “Lady Loudon,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Sheepwife,” “Lt. Col. D.J.S. Murray”
HP&J – “The Piper’s Controversy,” “Donnie MacGregor”
James Murray, Cupar, Scotland
6/8 – “Hazelburn” – composed by George McIntyre
Piobaireachd – “The Old Men of the Shells”
MSR – “The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest,” “The Pap of Glencoe,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “Sandy Cameron,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
HP&J – “The Mad Hornpipe,” “Paddy O’Rafferty”
Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
6/8 – “Lt. Col. Gayre – Baron of Lochore” – composed by George McIntyre
Piobaireachd – “The Bells of Perth”
MSR – “MacLean of Pennycross,” “The Argyllshire Gathering,” “Susan Macleod,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Sound of Sleat,” “Mrs MacPherson of Inveran”
HP&J – “Jimmy Blue,” “Old Wife of the Milldust
Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland
6/8 – “Tug Argan Gap” – composed by John M. MacKenzie
Piobaireachd – “Scarce of Fishing”
MSR – “The Braes of Castle Grant,” ” Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band,” “Tulloch Castle,” “Caber Feidh,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie,” “Major David Manson”
HP&J – “Redondo Beach,” “Donald Cameron’s Powder Horn”
Willie McCallum is the defending Springbank champion, and has won the event five times.
Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the 10th annual Springbank Invitational as they are made available.




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