Inverness, Scotland – September 4, 2008 – The Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting was won by Alan Bevan of Surrey, British Columbia, today, playing “Clan MacNab’s Salute.” Bevan was last to play in the event. Niall Stewart, who had won the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal the previous week and who also was one of the last to play, was fourth.
Bevan had been in the Gold Medal prize lists several times, including a second-prize at the 2004 Argyllshire Gathering.
The Silver Medal was won by Colin Lee, also of Surrey, British Columbia.
1st Alan Bevan, “Clan MacNab’s Salute”
2nd William Geddes, Edinburgh, “The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy”
3rd Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland, “The Stewarts’ White Banner”
4th Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, “The Park Piobaireachd #2”
5th Fiona Manson, Glasgow, “The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy”
Judges: Angus J. MacLellan, Malcolm McRae, Jack Taylor
1st Greg Wilson, New Zealand
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
3rd Glenn Brown, Milton, Ontario
4th Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland
5th Neil Smith, Bridge of Allan, Scotland
Judges: Hugh MacCallum, Jim McGillivray, Iain Morrison
1st Colin Lee, Surrey, British Columbia
2nd Neil Hall
3rd Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
4th Sean McKeown, Toronto
5th Lyric Todkill, Houston
Judges: Bill Livingstone, Finlay MacNeill, John Wilson
In the Former Winners MSR, Angus MacColl of Benderloch, Scotland, was the winner announced at nearly 12:30 am. It was the second Silver Star for MacColl, who previously won the prize in 2005. Tom Speirs had been scheduled to judge, but withdrew because of illness, so Iain MacLellan took his place.
Silver Star Former Winners MSR
1st Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
2nd Chris Armstrong, Airth, Scotland
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
4th Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
5th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
Judges: John MacDougall, Iain MacFadyen, Iain MacLellan
Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from day two of the Northern Meeting as they are announced.