September 30, 2001

Matheson, MacDonald Win at Gairloch Contest

Gairloch, Scotland – September 29, 2001 – A new solo piping contest was held here today on the northwest coast of Scotland, set up to commemorate the life and works of Iain Dall Mackay, the great “Blind Piper of Gairloch.”

The event saw ten pipers take part, and included a recital by Gold Medallist Duncan MacGillivray and a discussion by piping historian Bridget MacKenzie.

Competitors had to submit two tunes from a list of Iain Dall MacKay compositions for the piobaireachd event. Both sections were judged by John D. Burgess, Invergordon, Scotland.

1st Dr. Angus MacDonald, Skye, “Lament for Laird of Anapool”
2nd Niall Matheson, Inverness, Scotland
3rd Euan MacCrimmon, Inverness
4th Duncan MacGillivray, Calrossie, Scotland

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Niall Matheson
2nd Euan MacCrimmon
3rd Brendon Eade, Inverness
4th Dr. Angus MacDonald


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