Gold for Gandy at Atlantic Canada Piob Challenge

Published: April 29, 2014
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Bruce Gandy accepts the big Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge trophy from Karen Hatcher, executive director of the College of Piping.

Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada – April 26, 2014 – Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won the Gold at the 2014 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge, hosted by the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada. Jack Taylor judged all of the events. A total of 20 contestants participated. The event was followed by a workshop the next day. Each medal was attached to a type of metal in descending order of value, correlated with ability levels.

Gold Medal
1st Bruce Gandy, “Lament for the Union”
2nd James MacHattie, “MacNeill of Barra’s March”
3rd Brandon Gardner, “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute”

Silver Medal
1st James Dyson, “MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament” No.1
2nd Sarah Simpson, “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”
3rd Liam Murray, :The Groat”

Nickel Medal
1st Peter Allen, “Corrienessan’s Salute”
2nd Karen MacLean, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
3rd Graeme Murray, “The Battle of Auldearn” No.2

Bronze Medal
1st Trevor Profitt, “MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament” No.1
2nd Heather Stone, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
3rd Brady Webb, “Black Donald’s March”

Copper Medal
1st Calum Brydon, “The Groat”
2nd Gillian Blaney, “The Little Spree”
3rd Robert Caldwell, “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”

Pewter Medal
1st Carl Brydon, “The Little Spree”
2nd Greg Burton, “MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament” No.1

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