April 30, 2005

McCallum the man at Donald MacLeod Memorial

Sornoway, Lewis, Scotland – April 1, 2005 – Willie McCallum’s two second-prizes were enough to win the overall award at the annual Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held in honour of the great Seaforth’s pipe-major at the Cabar Feidh Hotel. Alasdair Gillies and Angus MacColl won the piobaireachd and march, strathspey and reel events. The contest commemorates Donald MacLeod and his music. Competitors must submit tunes composed by him.

1st Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh, “Cronan Corrievrechan”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Queen Elizabeth II’s Salute”
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Field of Gold”
4th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “The Sound of the Sea”

1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld, Scotland
4th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Donald MacPhee, Alexandria, Scotland
4th Iain Speirs

The aggregate prize is decided by the best overall prizes from the piobaireachd and MSR events. Gordon Walker of Moscow, Scotland, also attended.

Judges for all events were Iain Morrison, Angus J. MacLellan, and Ronald Lawrie.


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