October 31, 2002

MacLeod Downs a Glenfiddich

Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 26, 2002 – The Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships were held here today at Blair Atholl Castle with the usual impressive turnout from piping enthusiasts, packing the Great Hall of the Duke of Atholl’s residence. Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow was the overall winner, by virtue of winning the Piobaireachd event and a third in the light music.

Competitors are invited based on results of the year’s biggest contests. There are two events, a piobaireachd and a twice-over MSR.

1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
2nd Bruce Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Battle of the Pass of Crieff”
3rd Greg Wilson, New Zealand, “MacLeod of Colbeck’s Salute”
4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “In Praise of Morag”
5th Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh, “The Finger Lock”
Judges: John MacDougall, Iain MacFadyen, Jack Taylor.

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Alasdair Gillies, “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Delvinside,” “Lt. Col. DJS Murray”
2nd Willie McCallum, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Dora Macleod,” “John MacKechnie’s Big Reel”
3rd Roddy MacLeod, “Leaving Glenurquhart,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “The Sheepwife”
4th Angus MacColl, Oban, Scotland, “Argyllshire Gathering,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “Alick C. MacGregor”
5th Bruce Gandy, “Leaving Lunga,” “Susan MacLead,” “Thomson’s Dirk”
Judges: John D. Burgess, Donald MacPherson, Gavin Stoddart

Also competing but not in the prizes were Mike Cusack, Houston; Angus MacDonald, Skye; Iain Speirs, Edinburgh; and Gordon Walker, Cumnock, Scotland.


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