May 03, 2018

From first to last: Uist & Barra will be on September 29th

What is traditionally the first big solo piping event on the Scottish calendar this year will be the last before the Glenfiddich Championships, with the Uist & Barra Invitational Solo Piping Competition rescheduled to September 29th.

The contest, originally scheduled for March 3rd, had to be cancelled due to treacherous wintery weather conditions in Glasgow and much of the UK, making travel too dangerous for competitors and audience to get to the event.

+ Uist & Barra moved over UK Snowmagedon

The competition will be held as planned at the College of Piping in Glasgow, which by that time might well have a new brand identity after its merger with / acquisition by the National Piping Centre.

Organizer John-Angus Smith said that all previously invited pipers have confirmed their availability and desire to compete on the new date. The roster of players is a mix of superstar veterans and relatively newcomers to the upper echelon of solo piping.

+ Newbies meet veterans at Uist & Barra

  • Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland
  • Glenn Brown, Glasgow
  • Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
  • Ben Duncan, Edinburgh
  • Jamie Forrester, London
  • Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
  • Faye Henderson, Edinburgh
  • Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
  • Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
  • Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow
  • Peter McCalister, Dunblane, Scotland
  • Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
  • Sarah Muir, Glasgow
  • Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
  • Craig Sutherland, Perth, Scotland

There are Piobaireachd, MSR and Hornpipe & Jig events.

The overall Uist & Barra champion last year was Callum Beaumont.

+ Beaumont wins Uist & Barra

The competition has been held for more than 50 years, going from an “Open” format, to one restricted to pipers graded A or better by the Competing Pipers Association, to the current  system of inviting the more successful competitors of the previous season. While another season will have essentially concluded, Smith intimated that sticking with 2017 results and invitees was the most practical approach.




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