April 30, 2000

McCallum Pulls Off Stunning Success at MacLeod Memorial Contest

Stornaway, Isle of Lewis – April 7, 2000 — Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, hammered home a remarkable day of playing by taking two of three events at the annual Donald MacLeod Memorial Piping Competition held on MacLeod’s native land, the Isle of Lewis.

McCallum won both the Piobaireachd and the March, Strathspey & Reel sections, and nearly completed a clean sweep by taking finishing second in the Hornpipe & Jig event.

The event has quickly established itself as one of the premier contests in the piping world. Contestants are required to submit tunes from MacLeod’s substantial repertory of compositions, making the event a popular and challenge contest.

Gordon Walker of Glasgow, Scotland, also enjoyed a good day by winning the Hornpipe & Jig event and placing second in the March, Strathspey & Reel.

Judges for all events were Angus J. MacLellan, Glasgow; Donald McPherson, Balbeggie; Finlay MacNeill, Inverness.

1st Willie McCallum, “Field of Gold”
2nd Angus MacColl, Oban, “Queen Elizabeth II’s Salute”
3rd Niall Mathieson, Inverness, “Sound of the Sea”
4th Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld, “Lament for the Rowan Tree”

1st Willie McCallum, “Glasgow Skye Association Centenary Gathering,” “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Duncan Lamont,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “Alick C. MacGregor,” “Fiona MacLeod”
2nd Gordon Walker
3rd Angus MacColl
4th Roddy MacLeod

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Gordon Walker, “Dr. MacInnes’s Fancy,” “The Duck”
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Niall Mathieson


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