August 23, 2015

Mike Fitzhenry gets the Axe at Lochaber Gathering

Mike Fitzhenry with his 2015 Gold Axe

Fort William, Scotland – August 22, 2015 – The Lochaber Gathering Festival of Piping attracted a large entry of more than 40 contestants overall to the Nevis Centre. Contests were broken into Competing Pipers Association grades, proving popular with competitors. Mike Fithenry won the Lochaber Gold Axe (An Tuagh Oir) for piobaireachd, while Willie McCallum took both top-tier light music events and a second in the Lochaber Axe to have the best day overall. Meanwhile at the Lonach Gathering in northern Scotland, only four competitors entered the senior events, and organizers Jack Taylor and Duncan Watson played to make it six.

Premier & A-Grade (An Tuagh Oir)
1st Mike Fitzhenry, Paisley, Scotland
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
3rd Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland
4th Ewen MacCrimmon, Inverness, Scotland

B- and C-Grade (An Tuagh Airgead)
1st Colin Campbell, Inverness, Scotland
2nd Andrew Wright, Dundee, Scotland
3rd Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
4th Andrew Hall, London

Light Music
Premier & A-Grade
March (Lochaber Gathering Gold Medal)
1st Willie McCallum2nd Derek Midgley, New Jersey
3rd Colin Campbell, Inverness
4th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh

Strathspey & Reel
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Mike Fitzhenry
3rd Derek Midgley
4th Callum Beaumont

B- & C-Grade
March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Ursa Beckford, Maine
2nd Ross Cowan, Motherwell, Scotland
3rd Nick Hudson
4th Charles MacDonald, Inverness, Scotland

Open Hornpipe & Jig
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Derek Midgley
3rd John Angus Smith, London
4th Jamie Forrester, London




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