November 30, 2010

HD videos: 2010 Sherriff Memorial Champion: Andrew Laird

Hamilton, Ontario – November 20, 2010 – Andrew Laird of Winnipeg, Manitoba, emerged the overall winner at the 2010 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held at St. Paul’s Church. Laird was awarded the aggregate prize after a tie with Glenn Walpole of Tiverton, Ontario, broken by his win in the  Piobaireachd event.  It was the 15th year of the competition. There was a different winner of each event, and all three events were judged by Peter Aumonier, Murray Henderson and Terry Lee.

1st Andrew Laird, “The MacGregors’ Salute”
2nd Chris Lee, Halifax/Hong Kong, “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”
3rd Glenn Walpole,  “The Massacre of Glencoe”
4th Myles Stewart, Vancouver, “Too Long In This Condition”
5th Marshall German, Corona, California, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”

1st Glenn Walpole, “Lochaber Gathering,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “The Sheepwife”
2nd Andrew Laird, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Lady Louden,” “The Sheepwife”
3rd Myles Stewart, “The Braes of Castle Grant,” “Caber Feidh,” “Lt.-Col. D.J.S. Murray”
4th Bobby Durning, Milltown, New Jersey, “Leaving Glenurquhart,” “Delvinside,” “Broadford Bay”
5th Elliot Smith, Concord, New Hampshire, “Leaving Lunga,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Major David Manson”

6/8 Marches
1st Bobby Durning, “Bengullion,” “Frank Thompson”
2nd Elliot Smith, “Jimmy McIntosh,” “Jean Machline”
3rd Glenn Walpole, “Ballochyle,” “Dr. Ross’s 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering”
4th Andrew Laird, “Dr. Ross’s 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering,” “Cameron MacFadyen”
5th Marshall German, “Caverhill,” “Nameless”

Also competing, but not in the prizes: Aidan Bown, Pickering, Ontario; Kyle Coughlin, Aurora, Ontario; Ben Reid, Port Dover, Ontario; Zak Read, London, Ontario; and Alexander Schiele, Snohomish, Washington.

Please go to the next page for high-definition videos of the MSR competition.


  1. Progress is slow, but you’re out in front again. All scarved and warmly clothed like Ian Handsomemanthing himself, bringing context to this series of recordings. I’d guess you realize you’re onto something here, and it’s now only a matter of getting permission to do this kind of thing for some big events”. I’d say pitch the Glenfiddich for rights and see where that goes…though one might guess at some serious pushback from vested interests. Great start

  2. Tremendous video coverage of the Sherriff, Andrew. This brings the event to everyone just as it was on the day… the next level of reporting events… keep it up. Ken Eller

  3. I agree that the timely posting of the videos makes the magazine an entertaining and cutting edge resource. But how about some multiple camera angles? Just kidding! — John McDonald, California



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