Pipers spinning wheels in innovative competition
Some would say that spinning judges can have a lot to do with success in piping and drumming competitions, but the Grade 3 City of Edinburgh Pipe Band is taking spinning literally with its “Pipe-Majors’ Wheel of Fortune Competition” this Saturday.
Rather than the familiar format for a solo piping competition, the band has organized a contest that combines the playing of traditional music with creative fun.
Among other requirements, each competitor must tell a funny story or joke and spin a wheel that determines the content of their medley. The wheel includes items such as “Willie Ross tune,” “Roddy MacDonald tune,” “Breton music” and “Gallician.” Each player then must perform an impromptu medley derived from the selected categories.
Result are determined from audience and selected judges’ votes.
Competitors at this year’s event are Stuart Liddell, Douglas Murray, Brian Lamond, Kevin McNulty, Ross Cowan, Cameron Ritchie and Derek Graham.
The Pipe-Majors’ Wheel of Fortune Competition will be on January 10th, at 1 pm at the Danderhall Miner’s Club, Edmonstone Road, Danderhall, Scotland, and tickets are priced at £10 (children £5) and can be purchased in advance by e-mail from the band. Proceeds go to the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band.