Published: May 31, 2001

Livingstone Invitational Goes To Gillies

Hamilton, Ontario – May 12, 2001 – The overall prize at the annual William Livingstone Sr. Invitational Solo Piping Competition held here today at the Officers’ Mess of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada’s base at James Street Armoury was won by Alasdair Gillies of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gillies won the March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe and Jig event and was third in the Piobaireachd contest. Bill Livingstone of Whitby, Ontario, won the Piobaireachd section.

The event is considered the most prestigious in North America by many, and invitation has become more restricted than ever this year. “The Livingstone” was started in 1984 to commemorate Bill Livingstone Sr., who was a major personality in the Ontario piping scene for many years.

Piobaireachd
1st Bill Livingstone, “In Praise of Morag”
2nd Andrew Hayes, Ottawa, Ontario, “The MacDougalls’ Gathering”
3rd Alasdair Gillies, “The End of the Great Bridge”

March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig
1st Alasdair Gillies, “Brigadier Ronald Cheape of Tirroran,” “Inverary Castle,” “Broadford Bay,” “Farewell to Erin,” “Michael MacDonald’s Jig”
2nd Andrew Berthoff, Toronto, Ontario, “Braes of Brecklet,” “Blair Drummond,” “Broadford Bay,” “Donald MacLeod,” “The Judge’s Dilemma”
3rd Andrew Hayes

Also competing were their invitation were Martyn Brown, London, Ontario; Robert Crabtree, Toronto; Ann Gray, Calgary, Alberta; Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario; Ian K. MacDonald, Aurora, Ontario; James MacHattie, Toronto, Ontario; Ed Neigh, Wellesley, Ontario; and Andy Rogers, Fredricton, New Brunswick.

Both events were judged by Reay Mackay, Toronto; Willie Connell, London, Ontario; and Jim McGillivray, Aurora, Ontario.

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