Published: March 31, 2005

Walker in form as ’05 Scottish solo season kicks off

Glasgow – March 5, 2005 – The Usit & Barra solo piping competitions as usual started off the Scottish solo season with events reserved for players graded A or better by the Competing Pipers Association. Gordon Walker of Moscow, Scotland, won both the Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel, suggesting he’s in form for another banner year on the boards. The Piobaireachd contest was marked by an unusual number of breakdowns and major errors.

Piobaireachd
1st Gordon Walker, “Lament for MacSwan of Roaig”
2nd Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland, “Lament for the Children”
3rd Douglas Murray, Fife, “I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand”
4th Donald MacPhee, Alexandria, Scotland, Lament for Donald Doughal MacKay”
5th Stuart Shedden, Glasgow, “The Big Spree”

MSR
1st Gordon Walker, “Elspeth Campbell,” “John Roy Stuart,” “John Morrison, Assynt House”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Ewe wi the Crookit Horn,” “The Sound of Sleat”
3rd Chris Armstrong, “The Clan MacColl,” “Cameronian Rant,” “Charlie’s Welcome”
4th James Murray, “Ross-shire Volunteers,” “Lady Louden,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
5th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society,” “Struan Robertson,” “John MacKechnie”

Also playing but not in the prizes were Robert Wallace, Niall Mathieson, Allan Russell, and Rory Grossart.

Judges for both events were Gavin Stoddart, George Lumsden and
Willie Morrison.

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