Published: April 30, 2003

San Francisco Event Goes to MacLeod

San Francisco – April 26, 2003 – The 12th Dr. Dan Reid Memorial Challenge Recital was held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, and Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld, Scotland, emerged most successful in the “Masters” grade, while James MacHattie of Toronto was best aggregate in the “Cameron/Gillies.”

While the event is billed as a “recital,” prizes are awarded through two tiers of players, across seven events, each with a set list of tunes from which players are to select their repertoire. Criteria for invitation to the competition is not known.

“Masters section”
MSR
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Cowal Gathering,” “Jeannie Carruthers,” “Sandy Stewart,” “Smith’s a Gallant Fireman,” “Capt. Jack Murray,” “Rose Among the Heather,” “Highland Wedding,” “MacPherson’s Rant,” “Irish Traditional Reel,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”
2nd Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario
3rd Michael Cusack, Houston

Jig/Hornpipe
1st Ian K. MacDonald, “The Mermaid,” “St. Valery”
2nd Michael Cusack
3rd Roddy MacLeod

Urlar
1st Roddy MacLeod, “The Old Woman’s Lullaby”
2nd Michael Cusack
3rd William Livingstone, Whitby, Ontario

Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Isabel MacKay”
2nd William Livingstone
3rd Michael Cusack

James Murray, Glenrothes, Scotland, also competed in the Masters grade.

“Cameron/Gillies section”
6/8 March
1st James MacHattie, Toronto, Ontario, “MacLeod of Mull”
2nd Douglas Murray, Glenrothes, Scotland
3rd Matthew Turnbull, Detroit, Michigan

MSR
1st Douglas Murray, “Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “Alex C. MacGregor”
2nd James MacHattie
3rd Matt Turnbull

Piobaireachd
1st James MacHattie, “In Praise of Morag”
2nd Matt Turnbull
3rd Douglas Murray

All events were judged by Angus MacLellan and Major Archie Cairns. Cairns has judged the competition every year but one since it started.

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