McWhirter, Kilpatrick, Armstrong win first LIVI INNvitational
Livingston, Scotland – November 8, 2014 – Steven McWhirter of Inveraray & District and Jim Kilpatrick of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia were the winners of the MSR and Freestyle events, respectively, at the first LIVI INNvitational Freestyle Solo Drumming Competition held at a packed Livingston Inn in Livingston, Scotland. Chris Armstrong of ScottishPower was awarded the MSR piping prize. The Freestyle contest was judged by the audience.
The event was organised by RSPBA adjudicator Jim Baxter, with proceeds going to Enable, a charity for those with learning disabilities and other special needs.
The day culminated with a performance of the famous Alex Duthart fanfare by all of the invited drummers, with Inveraray & District Pipe-Major Stuart Liddell joining on snare.
1st Steven McWhirter
2nd Eric Ward, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland
3rd Mikey McKenna, St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Arthur Cook, Gordon Craig, Mick O’Neill, Paul Turner
1st Jim Kilpatrick
2nd Aaron McLean, Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd Grant Cassidy, St. Laurence O’Toole
1st Chris Armstrong
2nd Ryan Canning, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
3rd Stuart Liddell
Judge: Robert Mathieson
Also competing in the drumming but not in the prizes: Gordon Brown, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia; Grant Cassidy, St. Laurence O’Toole; Stephen Creighton, St. Laurence O’Toole; Russell Esler, ScottishPower; Willie Glenholmes, Cullybackey; Jake Jørgensen, ScottishPower; Andrew Lawson, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia; Chris McNicholl, Inveraray & District.