August 31, 2011

Beaumont takes Gold, Speirs Senior, Bruce Silver at Argyllshire Gathering

Oban, Scotland – August 24, 2011 – The major piobaireachd and light music events of the 2011 Argyllshire Gathering were held at indoor venues around the town, and the first major result was Iain Speirs of Edinburgh winning the Senior Piobaireachd. Calum Beaumont of Bo’ness, Scotland, later was announced the winner of the Gold Medal. Gordon Bruce of Glasgow won the Silver Medal. Three of the Gold Medal prize-winners were among the final five to play in the contest, including Beaumont, who played second-last.

Gordon Bruce qualified to compete at the Argyllshire Gathering only on Sunday after his initial entry was not accepted. Because of the arcane late qualifier system, he is not eligible to compete at the Northern Meeting Silver Medal. Silver Medal prize-winners Mike Fitzhenry and Douglas Gardiner also were not originally accepted for the Silver Medals, and also qualified in the special contest three days earlier.

Sarah Muir of Inveraray, Scotland, was the winner of the MacGregor Memorial competition for younger players. Muir most recently was the winner of the Pipe Idol contest at the Piping Live! festival.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from Oban as they are announced.

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Callum Beaumont, “Keppoch’s March”
2nd Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh, “Queen Anne’s Lament”
3rd John-Angus Smith, London, “Quen Anne’s Lament”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Lament for Finlay”
5th Innes Smith, Bridge of Allan, Scotland

Judges: James McIntosh, Malcolm McRae, John Wilson

Senior Piobaireachd (restricted to previous winners of the Gold Medal at Oban or Inverness)
1st Iain Speirs, “Port Urlar”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Lament”
3rd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
4th Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Piper’s Warning to his Master”
5th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “War or Peace”

Judges: Jim McGillivray, Jack Taylor, Andrew Wright

Silver Medal
1st Gordon Bruce, Glasgow,  “The Glen Is Mine”
2nd Alastair Lee, Vancouver, “The Battle of Strome”
3rd Sean McKeown, Toronto, “McNab’s Gathering”
4th Mike Fitzhenry, “The Park Piobaireachd #2”
5th Douglas Gardiner, Edinburgh, “Duntroon’s Salute”

Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, Willie Morrison

MacGregor Memorial
1st Sarah Muir
2nd Jonathon Graham
3rd Bradley Parker

Silver Star Former Winners MSR
1st Chris Armstrong
2nd Angus MacColl
3rd Iain Speirs
4th Willie MacCallum
5th Roddy MacLeod

Judges: Barry Donaldson, Colin MacLellan, Bob Worrall




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