April 30, 2003

Donald MacLeod Memorial: Another McCallum Win

Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland – April 4, 2003 – Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, added to his stowed-out trophy room with a win at the Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition on this Outer Hebridean island.

McCallum won the Piobaireachd event and was second in the light music, while Alasdair Gillies of Pittsburgh took the March, Strathspey & Reel.

The event spotlights MacLeod and his compositions, with all competitors submitting both piobaireachd and light music by Lewis’s legendary native son.

1st Willie McCallum, “Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House”
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “A Son’s Salute to His Parents”
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld, “Roderick MacDonald’s Salute”
4th Bruce Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, “Lament for Angus MacPherson of Invershin”

1st Alasdair Gillies, “Duncan MacColl,” “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Stac Polly,” “Inveraray Castle,” “Kildonan,” “Lt. Col. D.J.S. Murray”
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Angus MacColl, Oban

A Hornpipe & Jig event was won by Alasdair Gillies playing “Arthur Gillies” and “The Shaggy Grey Buck.”

Overall winner was Willie McCallum, with Roddy MacLeod the runner-up.

Judges for both events were Iain MacFadyen, John Wilson, and Rona Lightfoot.


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