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The Piobaireachd Society is to promote its second concert of ceol mor as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The concert ‘Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure’ is on Sunday, August 11, at 7pm. As last year the venue is the 200-seat St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh. The concert is expected to finish around 9.30pm and there will be a small reception afterwards. The pipers invited to perform this year are...
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By Robert Wallace The bands made the best of the cold, unwelcoming conditions at St James’ Playing Field last Saturday. It is an off-putting sort of place if truth be told. No trees, no shelter of any kind, motorway roar, airport roar, and otherwise lacking in character. If we are to go to the King George V playing fields in nearby Renfrew for 2020 so much the better. The day...
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Piping Press by Jack Taylor - 3d ago

Dr Jack Taylor reports: Chilly day in Fochabers with a good standard of playing in seniors and juniors. Of the nine adults three were returning to competition after a break.  All played strongly, with Colin Gordon, librarian at the Gaelic college Sabhal Mor Ostaig, being overall champion, and Brad Davidson from Canada, after 24 years not playing, winning three prizes. Open Piobaireachd 1. John MacDonald (Tulloch Ard)2. Angus MacPhee (Blind Piper’s Obstinacy)3. Brad Davidson...
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Some say his Paisley pattern tie should be outlawed, and we know that for this heathen St Mirren should never have been beatified. One buddy he does have is his notebook and we are grateful that once more he is able to add to Piping Press’s unsurpassed coverage of the pipe band majors….  Come on now. A week or more of warm temperatures without rain and the British Pipe Band...
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St Laurence O’Toole from Eire (pictured in the circle today) were declared the new British Pipe Band Champions today at a cold, grey St James Playing Fields in Paisley. Just over 120 bands entered for the contest, the first RSPBA major championship of the season. The G1 prizes: 1 SLoT2 Scottish Power3 Inveraray4 Boghall5 Field Marshal6 Fife Police with the drumming going to SLoT. Each band had to submit two MSRs,...
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RSPBA Chairman John Hughes has offered support and encouragement to all bands participating in today’s first major of the season, the British at Paisley. Mr Hughes (pictured below) said: ‘On the day of the first Major Championship of the season, I hope you are all feeling satisfied with the hard work and determination that has gone in over the winter. ‘I know a number of you have managed to get...
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By the Editor A celebration lunch was held at the Royal Northern and University Club in Aberdeen yesterday to honour John Cruickshank VC and the tune written for him by Dave Mason of Cincinnati and South Africa. Dave flew in specially to play the tune, spending much of his £1,000 prize money in the process. ‘I wouldn’t have had it any other way,’ he said. John and Dave are pictured...
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By MacStig His stocks might be high and his bag low, but our man in the oilskin and the WW2 Army-issue kilt will be at large in Paisley for the British Championship this Saturday….and look out for ol’ tin ears at Lurgan, Inverness, Dumbarton and Glasgow too.  Following instructions from the Editor (something about getting to Paisley and two fingers), I assumed correctly he was referring to my assigned grade...
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Jori Chisholm of Seattle, USA, is the winner of this year’s original piobaireachd composing competition organised by the Shasta Piping Society, California, and the Burley Bagpipe Company. Jori is a previous winner of the competition (2017) and picks up a cheque for £500 ($650) for his as yet unnamed tune. In second place came Karen McCrindle Warren from Cumnock in Ayrshire. She wins £250. Karen, compiler of the South West...
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Ms Alex Duncan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust: An opportunity has arisen for a Chanter/ Bagpipe tutor and a Snare Drumming tutor to teach during the school day in some of the Forres and/ or Elgin primary and secondary schools and to develop a schools pipe band in each location.   Applicants may wish to work in one, or in both locations. The roles are...
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