August 31, 2004

McKerrell wins Dunvegan Medal

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland – August 4, 2004 – The Dunvegan Medal was won here today by Simon McKerrell of Edinburgh playing against an entry of almost 30 other pipers in a marathon piobaireachd event. Gordon Walker of Glasgow won the piobaireachd contest reserved for previous winners of the Dunvegan Medal.

The piobaireachd competitions showcase tunes attributed to or linked with the MacCrimmon piping dynasty. More than 40 competed in the light music events. The Dunvegan Medal was held in St. Columba’s Church, which, according to one player, “is a lovely setting for the pipes and was full to capacity.”

Dunvegan Medal
1st Simon McKerrell, Edinburgh, “Lament for Donald Duughal Mackay”
2nd Fiona Manson, Edinburgh, “The Battle of Waternish”
3rd Richard Hawke, New Zealand, “I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand”
4th John Angus Smith, Glasgow
5th Craig Sked, London, England
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Malcolm McRae, Walter Drysdale

Colonel Jock Clasp
1st Gordon Walker, Glasgow, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
3rd Simon McKerrell
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Iain Morrison, Joe Henderson


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