Callum Beaumont Skye high with rare double at Portree

Published: August 5, 2014
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Callum Beaumont [photo: Derek Maxwell]

Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland – August 5, 2014 – Callum Beaumont achieved one of the rarest feats in solo piping, winning both the Dunvegan Medal and the Clasp to the medal on the same day at the Skye Gathering. The Dunvegan Medal calls for entrants to submit tunes accredited to or closely associated with the MacCrimmon piping dynasty of Skye. For good measure, Beaumont also won the 6/8 March. On Wednesday he will defend the Silver Chanter at Dunvegan Castle, which he won in 2013 on his first attempt.

Dunvegan Medal
1st Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Matt Pantaleoni, St. Louis, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
3rd Brian MacKenzie, “Lament for Mary MacLeod”
4th Martin Kessler, Germany, “Lament for Donald of Laggan”
5th Darach Urquhart, “The King’s Taxes”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Malcolm McRae, Iain Morrison

Col. Jock Clasp
1st Callum Beaumont, “Lament for the Children”
2nd Stuart Liddell
3rd Simon McKerrell
Judges: Alan Forbes, Malcolm McRae, Iain Morrison

6/8 March
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd R MacLeod
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Jamie Forrester
Judges: Alan Forbes, Dugald MacNeill

Jig
1st Niall Stewart
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Andrew Hall
Judges: Alan Forbes, Dugald MacNeill

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more results from Skye as they become available.

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