September 30, 2001

Glenfiddich Players Announced

The organizers of the annual Glenfiddich Invitational Piping Championships have determined the 10 pipers to play in this year’s event at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland, on October 27.

The Glenfiddich is a showcase of the year’s most successful competitive pipers, and is considered something of a World Piping Championship. There are two events, a Piobaireachd and a March, Strathspey & Reel, with an aggregate winner determined.

Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, last year set the record for most overall Glenfiddich victories with five.

The ten invitees are:

  • Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland (based on being the overall 2000 Glenfiddich champion)
  • Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (winner of Senior Piobaireachd and Gold Medal at Oban)
  • Greg Wilson, Falkirk, Scotland (winner of Clasp, Bratach Gorm, and Silver Chanter)
  • Gordon Walker, Glasgow, (winner of Silver Star at Inverness and light music at Glenfiddich)
  • Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh (second in Bratach Gorm at London)
  • Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland (winner of Former Winners MSR at Oban)
  • Niall Mathieson, Inverness, Scotland (winner of Gold Medal at Inverness)
  • Michael Cusack, Houston, Texas (winner of United States Piping Foundation competition)
  • Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland (second in Former Winners MSR at Oban)
  • Bill Livingstone, Whitby, Ontario, Canada (second in Clasp and winner of piobaireachd at Glenfiddich)
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