Slunge book makes a pipe band splash for Bone Cancer Research Trust

Published: March 14, 2014
(Page 1 of 1)

The one-woman pledge-driver, Fiona Morris, who has so far almost single-handedly raised more than $25,000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, is at it again, and again with the assistance of friends with the online publication of A Slunge in the Bidet, an e-book that compiles amusing and amazing stories from the pipe band world.

Written and illustrated, respectively, by Barham Brummage and Islay Spalding of Dundee, Scotland’s Grade 2 MacKenzie Caledonia Pipe Band, and edited by Morris, all proceeds from the £5.53 Amazon Kindle book will go to the charity.

As a cause, the Bone Cancer Research Trust struck a chord with the pipe band world after Morris was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of the disease, in 2012. A tenor drummer with the Grade 1 Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band, Fiona Morris beat the odds and, so far, the disease, through rigorous treatment that also spared her the amputation of a leg. After several months of rehabilitation and therapy, Morris was back playing with Boghall and competed with the band throughout its successful 2013 season.

“For anyone who thinks pipe bands are full of grumpy old men the book will give an insight into what actually goes on in a band,” Morris said. “The book is great for bandsmen and general readers and had me laughing out loud.”

Morris_Fiona_Cobourg_2013_medThe stories were donated by numerous pipers, drummers and enthusiasts in the pipe band world, coming from Canada, Australia and Scotland. Tales include a judge struck by lightning, a bass drummer who lost his drum out a third storey window, and a competitor that was unfortunately too close to the heavy events at one event.

The electronic book does not require Kindle hardware, and can also be read using the Kindle application, which is available for numerous other platforms and is a free download from Amazon.

A “slunge” is slang for various terms, including a lazy person, a stuck-up female, and a verb in Scots slang meaning a splashing sound in water. Readers of the book will have to find out.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
March 26, 2014New version of pipes|drums launched.
MOST RECENT POST
  • Quelle reprise
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017
    The now double-homage to the anniversary of the 78th Fraser Highlanders “Live In Ireland” concert in Ballymena in 1987 is much deserved and, evidently, attractive to many people who wanted to live or relive the event. That music w …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS April 7, 2017Cincinnati Piping & Drumming Solo Competition & WorkshopSpringdale Nazarene Church, 11177 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246

April 7, 2017Pipers Club AtlanticThe Old Triangle Alehouse 5136 Prince Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

May 18, 2017Prairie Piping InvitationalRegina, SK

May 19, 2017Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic FestivalVictoria Park, downtown Regina

May 20, 2017British Pipe Band ChampionshipsPaisley, Scotland

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: It’s rare when two consectutive melody notes are of equal length in the ground of any piobaireachd.
Andrew Berthoff, pipes|drums