January 02, 2015

All-stars trying luck at 8th annual P-M’s Wheel of Fortune

Douglas Murray, winner of last year’s P-M’s Wheel of Fortune competition, receives the silver tankard trophy from Harry McNulty, one of the judges at the 2014 event.

The Pipe-Major’s Wheel of Fortune Solo Piping Competition continues to be one the world’s more inventive contests, and the eighth annual edition on February 7th and Edinburgh will again attract some of the best pipers in Scotland, including 2014 pipes|drums’ Solo Piper of the Year Douglas Murray.

Organized by the Grade 2 City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, the 2014 Pipe-Major’s Wheel of Fortune winner Murray will be joined by Callum Beaumont, Alasdair Henderson, Brian Lamond, Angus J. MacColl, Angus Nicholson, Lee Moore and Niall Stewart in the competition, which combines the playing of traditional music with creative fun.

Among other requirements, each competitor must tell a funny story or joke and spin a golden chanter that determines the content of their medley. Depending where the chanter stops, a contestant will have to include tunes in their selection by a specific composer or musical genre, with results determined by audience and selected judges’ votes.

The competition will be held again at the Danderhall Miners Club just outside of Edinburgh, and starts at 12:15, doors at 11:30 am.

While most of the competitors are well known solo pipers Lee Moore will bravely maintain the tradition of a member of the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band participating. A member previously of the Grade 1 St. Laurence O’Toole, Moore recently joined City of Edinburgh, and is also Pipe-Major and piping instructor of the Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band.




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