January 31, 2007

Contest to honour Gordon Duncan January 28

As part of the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, the first-ever Gordon Duncan Memorial Solo Piping Competition is scheduled for January 28, 2007, at the Holiday Inn-City West. Competitors from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany will square off for the Gordon Duncan Trophy.

There are three pipers invited from each domain. From Scotland: Roddy MacLeod, Simon McKerrell and Stuart Cassells; Brittany: Herve Le Floc’h, Sylvain Hamon and Charles Noim; Ireland: Ryan Canning, Alen Tully and Andrew Carlisle. Each player will compete in each domain, similar to the piping long-running competitions at the Inter-Celtic Music Festival held each year in Lorient, Brittany.

Events will be judged by Iain MacLellan and Ian G. Duncan (Scottish); Kenny Stewart and Harry Stevenson (Ireland); and Jackie Pincet and Pierre Galais (Brittany).

John Wilson will serve as the emcee for the evening and the Gordon Duncan’s father, Jock, will award the prizes. McCallum Bagpipes is sponsoring the trophy.

Gordon Duncan died in December 2005. He was one of the world’s most celebrated pipers and composers, and was one of the first Scottish pipers to tap in to the rich Breton piping tradition.

Also at Celtic Connections, the Field Marshal Montgomery and ScottishPower pipe bands will share the stage on January 27.


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