March 09, 2024

Willie McCallum wins Uist & Barra after tie with Sarah Muir

Willie McCallum and Sarah Muir at the 2024 Uist & Barra, as Angus MacKay looks on approvingly.

Glasgow – March 9, 2024 – Bearsden, Scotland’s Willie McCallum was the overall winner of the 2024 Uist & Barra Invitational Solo Piping Competition after a tie with Sarah Muir of Glasgow, broken by a Piobaireachd preference. Only 50% of Hornpipe & Jig result counted toward the aggregate trophy. Coincidentally, both McCallum and Muir are natives of Campbeltown, Scotland.

The contest was held at the Otago Street premises of the National Piping Centre.

1st Callum Beaumont, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
2nd Willie McCallum, “The Earl of Ross’s March”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Edinburgh, “The Bells of Perth”
4th Iain Speirs, Easter Road, Edinburgh, “Nameless – Cherede Darievea”
5th Craig Sutherland, Perth, Scotland, “MacLeod of Colbeck’s Lament”

1st Sara Muir
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Alasdair Henderson,
4th Willie McCallum
5th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Sarah Muir
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Callum Beaumont

Also competing: Ben Duncan, Edinburgh; Jamie Forrester, Haddington, Scotland; and Angus D. MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland.

Jimmy Banks, Robert Barnes and Willie Morrison judged all of the events.

The event is put on by Comunn Uibhist agus Bharraigh Ghlaschu, the Glasgow Uist & Barra Association, founded in 1888 as a club for Hebridean Gaelic speakers who moved to Glasgow for work.






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