Match report Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Andrew AllisonThe meeting coincided with the famous Inveraray games and a poor turnout was expected but another nice wee evening emerged.

The P/M opened the night and once the pipe had settled played a couple of variations form His Father’s Lament For Donald MacKenzie. The tune is a tribute to a departed son and was composed by John Ban MacKenzie. Son Donald, like his father, was an outstanding piper and won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting. He died in 1863.

At the time John Ban composed this tune, he was suffering from cancer and died early the next year. Despite the severe pain of his final illness, he endured long enough to complete his composition. John Ban never wrote down the notes of the tune but he did teach it to his nephew Ronald who later transcribed it and preserved it for posterity.

Next up was Andrew Allison who is becoming a welcome regular at Eagles. Andrew was in fine form and is on the look out for a new solo chanter-once he has saved up the pennies.

Magnus on form

Magnus on form

A rare visitor was the piping entrepreneur Magus Orr who seems to be constantly involved in organising large International piping events. Magnus kicked off with some 3/4s before heading into the big stuff playing a double MSR that finished with Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran and John Morrison of Assynt House. He finished off with some jigs that included The Lark in the Morning and The Geese in the Bog.

Just as the pies were being taken out the oven in walked Nils Michael and his charge for the day Andrew Yu, who had both been playing at Inveraray. A sterling effort and a pie was well deserved. Or was it two?

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu was the post pie piper. Andrew is from Hong Kong and is presently playing with RAF Halton Pipes and Drums. Andrew was quick to settled down into his stride and played an MSR that kicked off with the little heard John MacDonald’s Welcome to south Uist. He finished off a great wee spot with Chasing Shadows and Alan MacPherson of Mosspark.

Nils ended the evening and played his Inveraray prize winning march (1st in the C Grade) Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque. This was followed by Mrs. John McColl. He ended the double MSR including the reel Duntroon, that seem to be making a wee resurgence this season.

Fresh from Inveraray victory

Fresh from Inveraray victory

And that was that.

There will be on Eagles on Tuesday 5th August as this has been put back a week to the 12th to accommodate our guests who will be with us for Piping Live and Worlds week. Hope to see you there.

IMG_1036Euan Anderson
Hon P/M

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August Date Changes

By way of reminder, the meeting on 5th August has been moved to Tuesday 12th August to coincide with Piping Live and The World Pipe Band Championships.

There is a meeting on 19th August as normal.

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Match Report Tuesday 8th July 2014

It was a very timely Eagles as it offered a chance to pay respects to Christine (Bunty) MacLellan whose passing had been marked with a beautiful service at Warriston the day before. A chance for a tune, dram and story telling about the good old days when men were men and Colin and I were still at school.

Germany Destroying Brazil 7-1 Emily Kate destroying a pie

Germany Destroying Brazil 7-1 Emily Kate destroying a pie

Brian MulhearnI got the ball rolling and with a nod to Bunty played the 2/4 marches Achany Glen composed by Angus McPherson, Young Willie Murray, composed by Capt. John MacLellan and John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage.Once I was done and dusted the baton was handed to Brian Mulhearn, the man behind the Ayrshire Bagpipe Company. (www.ayrshirebagpipes.co.uk).

On a lovely looking and sounding pipe Brian treated us to an array of light music before finishing off with MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart. What a great start to the night. Brian had brought a young charge with him, Alexander Jeanrenard from Kensington in South Africa. Brian is one of the people behind the John Farmer memorial prize and gave us a bit of background on it.

The John Farmer Memorial prize was set up a few years ago in recognition of all the good work done by John Farmer for pipers in South Africa. John Farmer made a significant contribution to the piping in South Africa and some of his friends would like him to have some recognition posthumously.   The prize goes to a young piper under the age of 21 in South Africa who has the best results over a series of competitions. The prize for this competition is an all expenses paid 2 week trip to Scotland to have one week’s tuition at the College of Piping and one week’s tuition at the National Piping Centre. 

It is hoped that when this piper returns to South Africa he or she will continue the good work of John Farmer by educating others. This year the winner was Alex  Jeanrenaud. The previous winner was Joshua Hogg.Andrew Allison

The Post Pie Piper was Andrew Allison who was again ‘without mother’ but in fine form. And not just his playing mind you as he found a comb on the floor and handed it to Iain Speirs.

‘I think you dropped this?’ got a loud laugh from the gang. Speirsy handed it to Douglas Gardiner ‘I don’t know what you’re laughing at’

Alex  Jeanrenaud

Alex Jeanrenaud

The next player was young Alex from South Africa and he very deftly stepped through several tunes before tackling the competition arena with tunes that included Dora MacLeod and Bessie McIntyre. He has certainly put the prize to good use and we wish him all the very best when he returns home.

Craig Martin was the final player of the evening and he was quickly into his stride with the light music that included some big 2/4 marches, including the great Abercairney Highlanders. Craig finished off the evening with the lovely The Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay.

The Sweet Highland Girl would have been pleased.

Bunty

Bunty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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Christine M.(Bunty) MacLellan

arisaigWe are sad to report on the passing of Bunty who died peacefully on Monday morning.

She was born in Torbreck, Rogart on 11th July 1923 and in 1943 she met John MacLellan, then the youngest Pipe Major in the British Army, at a garden fete in the grounds of the Invershin Hotel. The rest, as they say, is history.

When Captain John MacLellan was posted to Edinburgh Bunty formed part of quite a formidable ‘piping wives group’ including Margaret Stoddart, Anne Anderson, Flora Cameron and Jean MacLennan and there is no doubt they added great colour to the piping scene at that time.

Our sympathies and condolences go to Colin, Kirsteen and family.

The funeral service will take place at Warriston Crematorium, Cloister Chapel, Edinburgh on Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 1.30pm to which friends and family are warmly invited, and afterwards at the family home at 14 Dean Park Crescent, Edinburgh, EH4 1PH.

The Eagle Pipers’ Society

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Match Report Tuesday 24th June 2014

A quiet night at the Eagles saw the P/M open events. He was followed by Ian Dewar, who, in turn, was followed by the resurrected Scott Thomson, who played the P/Ms pipe. Then it was back to the P/M. After pies Ian Dewar had another blast.

Welcome back Scott

Welcome back Scott

It has to be noted that Scott decided to make his Eagles debut by playing 3 jigs straight off the bat ending with the great Jig of Slurs. He then knocked off a couple of 2/4 marches before declaring that he was a bit rusty!

Excellent stuff Scott and once he gets his own pipe ‘sorted’ we hope to hear a lot more from him.

So where was everyone? Perhaps late June/July and August is just one of these periods where people are on holiday or immersed in pipeband practices that are omnipresent at this time of year?

trotting out a few polkas

trotting out a few polkas

Perhaps the Society should consider a summer hiatus and run from October to May?

It is one thing to be a member of a Society and quite another to support it. If the same people show up meeting after meeting it will stagnate. If you are sitting at home thinking others will go and keep things going, that is short sighted and will only lead to folly.

Remember the Society closed before. It can close again. You can take the horse to water but you can’t make it drink. There is a social platform available to pipers in Edinburgh.

You have been warned

How long for is up to you.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

 

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12th August – Extra Date for Worlds Week

To coincide with Piping Live and the lead up to the World Pipe Band Championships, we are holding a meeting on Tuesday 12th August.

The meeting on 5th August is now cancelled.  19th August will take place as normal.

 

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Match Report Tuesday 10th June 2014

UnknownWith the Hon. PM away on professional duties (yes we know he’s retired – but it seems there really is no rest for the wicked), the management of order of play fell to the Hon. Pres. The first piper invited up for a tune was Andrew Allison. “Where’s your mum tonight Andrew?” someone asked. “At home,” he replied and blew up his pipes. Less chat, more piping. The piping, it must be said, was very impressive – Andrew is clearly working hard and coming on in leaps and bounds. He treated us to a few traditional ¾, then 6/8 marches, and a big MSR – Jim McWilliams, Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn, and Ca’ the Ewes, on a lovely steady bagpipe.

Long-time Eagles supporter Donald MacLeod was up next. I must apologise for not knowing the names of many of his tunes, and not finding out from him afterwards. But they were good! I know he started with Donald MacLean of Lewis and another 6/8 march, moved on to a slow air and an excellent set of small strathspeys and reels, then finished with another slow air and an impressive hat-trick of big jigs – John Paterson’s Mare, the Judges’ Dilemma, and the finger-perfect Shaggy Grey Buck.

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and your starter for ten………….

Donald in fine formAfter the pie break, it was my turn to have a go. I’d decided to take a leaf out of Peter McCallister’s book and do something a bit different – namely an Eagle Pipers pub quiz. The audience was asked to name all the tunes, and guess the theme, i.e. what all the tunes had in common – all for the super-desirable prize of a mid-range bottle of white wine, and of course the glory. Points were awarded for each tune based on how difficult I thought they would be to name. I got that a bit wrong, as there were a few one-pointers that no one got… Anyway, the tunes were: 4/4 march Mrs. Flora Duncan; a little scrap of the 1st variation of Lament for Mary MacLeod; 6/8 marches Miss Lily Christie and the Sweet Maid of Mull (got it yet?); a line of Praise of Morag; strathspeys Lady Loudon, Sarah Lawrie, and Linda Aumonier; reels Kelsey’s Wee Reel, Miss MacKay, and Margaret McCall; a smidgeon of Sobieski’s Salute; slow air Welcome to the World Annie; and finally the Ladies’ Hornpipe. The theme of course was that all the tunes are named after women (although it was hard to argue with Andrew Gray’s alternative guess, “All played on the great highland bagpipe”.)

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After totting up the points (which for most respondents didn’t take long, it must be said), the result was a fourth place finish by Craig Martin and Janne Hansen; a tie for second between Andrew Gray and the Gardiner/Hislop/Lindsay collaboration; and way out in front in first place was Donald MacLeod.

Thanks once again to all for indulging my geekiness – we’ll do it again later in the summer, but with a geographical twist this time.

The ultimate performance for the night was from Eagles newcomer Gordon Hislop, who had made the trek from Dundee to give us the evening’s piobaireachd. Gordon settled the pipes with a few marches, then got straight into it and gave us a very enjoyable The Glen is Mine. We hope Gordon will return and be a regular Eagle Pipers visitor and player.

Next gathering is 24th June at 8PM, should be pretty much exactly one hour after England’s third World Cup group-stage defeat. (Ok ok that was low, and with neither Scotland nor Canada in it, I’m in no position to poke fun. But I’m backing the Netherlands in the office pool so … so far so good.) See you on the 24th.

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Jenny H

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