Published: August 31, 2005

Iain Speirs wins Silver Chanter

Dunvegan, Skye, Scotland – August 3, 2005 – Iain Speirs of Edinburgh won his third consecutive Silver Chanter at Dunvegan Castle, tying the record for the contest now shared with Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, and Greg Wilson, New Zealand.

He played “The King’s Taxes” and the judge was John Wilson.

Other performers who played in the invitational event were P-M Gordon Walker, Moscow, Scotland (“Lament for MacSwan of Roaig”); Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld, Scotland (“Lament for the Earl of Antrim”); Simon MacKerrell, Edinburgh (“Lament for Donald Doughal MacKay”); and Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland (“Mrs. MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute”).

The event showcases tunes written by or strongly associated with the MacCrimmons of Skye.

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Published: August 31, 2004

Iain Speirs wins Silver Chanter

Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland – August 4, 2004 – Iain Speirs of Edinburgh won the prized Silver Chanter for the second consecutive year in the annual contest held at Dunvegan Castle.

Speirs was assigned “The Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon” to play.

Also competing were Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “Lament for MacSwan of Roag”; Stuart Shedden, Glasgow, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbecks”; Gordon Walker, Glasgow, “Lament for the Children”; and Angus MacColl, Oban, Scotland, “Lament for Mary MacLeod.”

The Judge was Gavin Stoddart.

By gaining the award, Speirs will receive an invitation to the Glenfiddich Championships at Blair Atholl in October. Bruce Gandy of Halifax, Canada, also has qualified for the event by winning the Bratach Gorm at London last October.

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Published: August 31, 2003

Iain Speirs Wins Silver Chanter

Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland – August 6, 2003 – Iain Speirs of Edinburgh was awarded the coveted Silver Chanter here at Dunvegan Castle, playing the tune assigned to him, “I Got A Kiss of the King’s Hand.”

Speirs, the winner of the 2002 Argyllshire Gathering Highland Society of London Gold Medal, now qualifies for the Glenfiddich Piping Championships at Blair Atholl in October.

Also playing in the event were Bruce Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Dr. Angus MacDonald, Skye; Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland; and Gordon Walker, Cumnock, Scotland.

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