Hamilton, Ontario – May 2, 2015 – Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, gained the overall championship title at The Livingstone, with a first in the light music and a second in the Piobaireachd, marking the sixth time that he has won the aggregate prize at the event. Making his return to solo competition since recovering from a heart attack last fall, Ian K. MacDonald won the Piobaireachd and might have placed highly in the light music had he not omitted a part of a tune. Organized by the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, the event was well attended, and Glenna Mackay-Johnstone was emcee throughout the day. It was the thirty-fifth time the event was held since 1978, missing only 2014. Judges for both events were Pete Aumomier, Bill Livingstone and Reay Mackay.
Piobaireachd (submit four, play one)
1st Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
2nd Bruce Gandy, “My King Has Landed In Moidart”
3rd Ed Bush, Cardinal, Ontario, “The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”
March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig (own choice)
1st Bruce Gandy, “William MacDonald,” “Arniston Castle,” “The Cockerel in the Creel,” “Wee Alec, Fort William,” “Ainsley’s Jig”
2nd Sean McKeown, Toronto, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Little Cascade,” “Moving Cloud,” “The Thief of Lochaber”
3rd Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Morag Ramsay,” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Neil Angus MacDonald,” “Joe McGann’s Fiddle,” “Drew James McIntosh”
Also competing, but not in the prizes: Andrea Boyd, Ottawa; Jacob Dicker, Kingston, Ontario; and Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC.