November 30, 2000

McCallum and Gillies Get the Axe at Lochaber

Fort William, Scotland – November 18, 2000 – The Lochaber Gathering was held here on the west coast of Scotland with both current and former competitors vying for the new “Tuagh Oir” (gold axe) for piobaireachd.

Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, won the award for current players, while Arthur Gillies took the contest reserved for retired players.

Tuagh Oir Piobaireachd
1st Willie McCallum, “My King Has landed In Moidart”
2nd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, Scotland, “Battle of Auldearn No. 2”
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The Red Speckled Bull”
Judges: John Burgess, Dr John MacAskill

1st Brian Donaldson, Fife, Scotland, “Abercairney Highlanders”
2nd Roddy MacLeod, “Clan MacColl”
3rd Willie McCallum, “Abercairney Highlanders”
Judges: Ronald Lawrie, Iain MacFadyen

Strathspey & Reel
1st Angus MacColl, “Maggie Cameron,” “Rejected Suitor”
2nd Willie McCallum, “Dora MacLeod,” “The Man from Glengarry”
3rd Dr. Angus MacDonald, Skye
Judges: Ronald Lawrie, Iain MacFadyen

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus MacColl, “Jimmy Blue,” “Kenny Gillies of Portnalong”
2nd Willie McCallum, “Lucy Cassidy,” “John Paterson’s Mare”
3rd Brian Donaldson
Judges: John Burgess, Dr. John MacAskill

Overall: Willie McCallum (Awarded The Lochaber Gathering Medal)

Also competing were Colin MacLellan, Glasgow; Greg Wilson, Falkirk; Stuart Liddell, Inverary; James MacPhee, Glasgow; Jenny Hazzard, Glasgow; John Patrick, Fankerton; and Euan MacCrimmon, Skye.

Masters Events

Tuagh Oir Piobaireachd
1st Arthur Gillies, “Battle of Aldearn No. 1”
2nd Iain MacFadyen, Kyle of Lochalsh, “The Rout of the Lowland Captain”

1st Arthur Gillies
2nd Iain MacFadyen

Strathspey & Reel
1st Iain MacFadyen
2nd Arthur Gillies

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Iain MacFadyen
2nd Arthur Gillies

Overall: Arthur Gillies (Awarded the Lochaber Gathering Medal)


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