John Cairns wins Oban Gold Medal

Published: August 31, 1999
(Page 1 of 1)

Oban, Scotland – August 25, 1999 – John Cairns of London, Ontario, won the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering today, one of the world’s most prestigious solo piping events. He played “lament for Finlay,” probably the most technically difficult of this year’s set tunes.

Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, took first prize in the “Open” or “Senior” piobaireachd event, reserved for former winners of either of the Gold medals at the Argyllshire Gathering or Inverness’s Northern Meeting. McCallum completed a great Gathering by also winning the Former Winners March, Strathspey & Reel.

Michael Rogers of Maryland, USA, won the Silver Medal piobaireachd event.

The complete Gold Medal result was 1st John Cairns, 2nd Stuart Shedden, Glasgow, 3rd Alan Bevan, British Columbia, 4th Les Hutt, Glasgow, 5th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray.

Open Piobaireachd: 1st Willie MacCallum, 2nd Gordon Walker, Cumnock, 3rd Mike Cusack, Texas, 4th Rab Wallace, Stepps.

Former Winners MSR: 1st Willie MacCallum, 2nd Angus MacColl, Oban, 3rd Gordon Walker, 4th Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow.

p|d

What do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comment system to provide your thoughts!

Do you have competition results? Be sure to send them to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
TOP STORIES
Articles from the last three months with the highest overall ratings by readers.
  1. Memories of Boney
  2. Hundreds salute Reay Mackay
  3. Blair digital chanter promises to rock piping
  4. Forget not
  5. RISEN
MOST RECENT POST
  • #MeToo
    Thu, 19 Oct 2017
    I can only imagine what it’s like for female pipers and drummers to persevere in what is still a male-dominated – and often dominating – avocation. It’s a topic that has interested me for many years, going back to the … Continue r …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS October 28, 2017Glenfiddich Solo Piping ChampionshipBlair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland

November 4, 2017London CompetitionsKensington Conference & Events Centre, The Town Hall, Hornton Street London

November 5, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society November GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

November 10, 2017Silicon Valley Pipe & Drum WorkshopSaratoga, CA

December 3, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society December GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

TIP OF THE DAY
Don’t be afraid to modify or undercut holes to improve chanter intonation. It may seem extreme, but there would scarcely be a Grade 1 band that hasn’t partaken in a spot of chanter renovation to beneficial effect.
Stewart MacKenzie, P-M, Manawatu Scottish

FROM THE ARCHIVES