November 30, 2002

Bratach Gorm Flies From McCallum’s Bass

London, England – November 2, 2002 – The prestigious Bratach Gorm (Blue Banner) was won by Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, here today in the first big event of the new piping year. McCallum thus will receive an invitation to the 2003 Glenfiddich Championship next October.

Roddy MacLeod of Cumbernauld, Scotland, continued his resurgence as a regular first prize winner by winning the Open Piobaireachd. Bruce Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, finished second in both events.

To play in the Bratach Gorm a piper must have won a Highland Society Gold Medal, the Open Piobaireachd at London, or the Dunvegan Medal at Skye.

Bratach Gorm
1st Willie McCallum, “My King Has Landed in Moidart”
2nd Bruce Gandy, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
3rd Gordon Walker, Cumnock, Scotland, “Lament for MacSwan of Roaig”
4th Rab Wallace, Glasgow, “The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”
Judges: I. MacFadyen, M. McRae

Open Piobaireachd (Gillies Cup)
1st Roddy MacLeod
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
4th Donald MacPhee, Alexandria, Scotland
5th Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh
Judge: G. Stoddart

Former Winners MSR
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Willie McCallum
Judges: I. MacFadyen, M. McRae

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Roddy MacLeod
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland
Judges: I. MacFadyen, M. McRae


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