World’s best ready for Oban test

Published: August 26, 2014
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Argyllshire_Gathering_logoAbout 60 of the world’s best Highland pipers will converge again at the picturesque Scottish Highland town of Oban for the Argyllshire Gathering, one of the premier events on the solo competition piping calendar.

The piobaireachd events will take place at indoor venues on Wednesday, August 27th, while the traditional outdoor light music competitions will be held at the Argyllshire Gathering Park the day after, started with the traditional march to the games by competing pipers, in which the new Gold Medalist is the “pipe-major.” The group generally plays “The Argyllshire Gathering” into the park.

The 2012 march to the Argyllshire Gathering, with Gold Medallist Finlay Johnston in the P-M spot.

Twenty-nine have entered for the Highland Society of London Gold Medal contest, one of the two sister piobaireachd events each year, along with the same award at the Northern Meeting in Inverness in September. Winning a Gold Medal puts a piper’s permanent stamp on history, and opens the door to entry to elite piobaireachd competitions, including the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban and the Clasp at the Northern Meeting.

pipes|drums Magazine as always will have results from the Argyllshire Gathering as they are made available, so be sure to stay tuned.

Draws for the major events;

Senior Piobaireachd
1 Jack Lee (Canada)
2 Callum Beaumont (Scotland)
3 Iain Speirs (Scotland)
4 Euan MacCrimmon (Scotland)
5 Angus MacColl (Scotland)
6 Niall Matheson (Scotland)
7 Finlay Johnston (Scotland)
8 Stuart Liddell (Scotland)
9 Andrew Hayes (Canada)
10 Greg Wilson (New Zealand)
11 Fred Morrison (Scotland)
12 Glenn Brown (Scotland)
13 Willie McCallum (Scotland)
14 Faye Henderson (Scotland)
15 Bruce Gandy (Canada)
16 Roddy MacLeod (Scotland)

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1 Innes Smith (Scotland)
2 John Mulhearn (Scotland)
3 Andrew Hayes
4 Allan Russell (Scotland)
5 Jori Chisholm (USA)
6 James MacHattie (Canada)
7 Andrea Boyd (Canada)
8 Alasdair Henderson (Scotland)
9 John-Angus Smith (England)
10 Alex Gandy (Canada)
11 Margaret Dunn (Scotland)
12 Glenn Brown
13 James P. Troy (Canada)
14 Craig Sutherland (Scotland)
15 Gordon Bruce (Scotland)
16 Donald MacPhee (Scotland)
17 Douglas Murray (Scotland)
18 Ian K. MacDonald (Canada)
19 Derek Midgley (USA)
20 Gordon McCready (Scotland)
21 David Wilton (Scotland)
22 William Geddes (Scotland)
23 Peter McCalister (Scotland)
24 Jamie Forrester (Scotland)
25 Cameron Drummond (Scotland)
26 Alastair Lee (Canada)
27 Andrew Bonar (Canada)
28 Andrew Carlisle (USA)
29 Jenny Hazzard (Scotland)

Silver Medal
1 Neil Walker (Scotland)
2 Steven Gray (Scotland)
3 Matt Pantaleoni (USA)
4 Decker Forrest (Scotland)
5 Mael Sicard-Cras (France)
6 Eric Ouellette (USA)
7 Greig Canning (Scotland)
8 Connor Sinclair (Scotland)
9 Robert Gray (Scotland)
10 Greig Wilson (Scotland)
11 Robert Gibb (Scotland)
12 Jamie Hawke (New Zealand)
13 Jason Craig (Scotland)
14 Ed Bush (Canada)
15 Sandy Cameron (Scotland)
16 David Shedden (Scotland)
17 Michael Fitzhenry (Northern Ireland)
18 Darach Urquhart (Scotland)
19 Peter Hunt (Scotland)
20 Graham Drummond (Scotland)
21 Angus J. MacColl (Scotland)
22 George Stewart (Scotland)
23 Colin Campbell (Scotland)
24 Sean McKeown (Canada)
25 Michael Elder (Scotland)
26 Andrew Hall (Scotland)
27 Martin Kessler (Germany)
28 Stuart Easton (New Zealand)
29 Sarah Muir (Scotland)

Former Winners MSR
1 Margaret Dunn (Scotland)
2 Bruce Gandy
3 Iain Speirs
4 Chris Armstrong (Scotland)
5 Gordon Walker (Scotland)
6 Jack Lee
7 Neil Walker (Scotland)
8 Cameron Drummond
9 Alastair Lee
10 Neil Smith
11 Alastair Dunn (Scotland)
12 Niall Matheson
13 Douglas Murray
14 Finlay Johnston
15 Glenn Brown
16 Stuart Liddell
17 Roddy MacLeod
18 Willie McCallum
19 Andrew Carlisle
20 Ian K. MacDonald
21 Jori Chisholm
22 Niall Stewart (Scotland)
23 Angus MacColl
24 Allan Russell
25 Donald MacPhee
26 Gordon McCready

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