Prairie Invitational won by McFarlane

Published: May 18, 2014
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Josh MacFarlane (right) takes the 2014 Prairie Piping Invitational trophy from organizer Iain MacDonald.

Regina, Saskatchewan – May 17, 2014 – The annual Prairie Piping Invitational was held as part of the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival. Five professional players competed in a medley event that was to include the ground of a piobaireachd and a tune composed by a Canadian. Judged by Bob Worrall and Colin Clansey, the event was won by Josh McFarlane of Winnipeg, pipe-major of the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipe Band. Past winners of the event include Alan Bevan, Clansey, Michael Grey, James MacHattie and Sean Somers.

Prairie Piping Invitational Medley
1st Josh McFarlane
2nd Stewart Smith, Calgary
3rd Raphael Mercier, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Also competing but not in the prizes were Alex Rasmussen, Lunsden, Saskatchewan, and Eilidh MacDonald, Regina.

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