August 31, 2011

World’s best set sights on Argyllshire Gathering

The World Pipe Band Championships are done and dusted, and now it’s the solo pipers’ turn to take the spotlight in the biggest competitions on the year at Oban and Inverness.

The Argyllshire Gathering takes place August 24-25, and the Northern Meeting September 1-2, with the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal, Senior Piobaireachd and Silver Star MSR competition the most noted events.

The 2010 Argyllshire Gathering was more historic than others in its more than 150-year history after Faye Henderson won the Gold Medal, becoming the first female ever to take the prize.

The piobaireachd events – comprising the Gold Medal, Senior Piobaireachd, Silver Medal and MacGregor Memorial – will, as usual be held on Wednesday, along with the Silver Star MSR at night, while the A- and B-Grade light music events will go outdoors at the Argyllshire Gathering on Thursday.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the Argyllshire Gathering as they become available.

As with all solo competitions order-of-play can be crucial to success. The draw for the Gold Medal:  

  • Donald MacPhee

  • Jori Chisholm

  • Colin Lee

  • Ian K. MacDonald

  • Cameron Drummond

  • Andrew Bonar

  • William Geddes

  • Brendon Eade

  • Allan Russell

  • Marion Horsburgh

  • Finlay Johnston

  • John-Angus Smith

  • Andrea Boyd

  • Douglas Murray

  • Simon McKerrell

  • Gavin Walker

  • Andrew Hayes

  • John Mulhearn

  • James MacHattie

  • Andy Rogers

  • Fiona Manson

  • Duncan MacGillivray

  • Innes Smith

  • Jonathan Greenlees

  • Craig Sked

  • Callum Beaumont

  • Glenn Brown

The order-of-play for the Senior Piobaireachd:  

  • Alastair Dunn

  • Andrew Hayes

  • William McCallum

  • Donald MacPhee

  • Glenn Brown

  • Duncan MacGillivray

  • James Murray

  • Brian Donaldson

  • Angus MacDonald

  • Iain Speirs

  • Roddy Macleod

  • Angus MacColl

  • Murray Henderson

  • Jack Lee

  • Niall Matheson

  • Stuart Liddell

  • Faye Henderson


  1. Perhaps a silly question, but I thought winners of the Gold Medal competed solely in the Senior Piobaireachd. I notice several competitors are competing in both events. Can someone please explain how the competition works?

  2. My understanding is that holding one Gold Medal entitles you to compete in both the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban and the Clasp at Inverness. Those who are playing both the Gold Medal and the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban hold the Inverness Gold Medal, but not the Oban one, so they are entitled to play in both competitions at Oban – good examples are Glenn Brown and Andrew Hayes.



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