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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Match Report Tuesday 27th May 2014

Once the P/M had broken the ice with a few more tunes from his repertoire Alan Harper took to the floor starting with the little heard ¾ The Heros of Osterbrook. After a few more tunes Alan concluded with the

Alan Harper

Alan Harper

great Ally Reese composition, Ceilidh Lines. Alan’s tempo was a bit slow but as he explained later he had been plucking up the courage to have a go at this tune for some time so well done say all.

Next for shaving was an Eagle new comer Michael Graham from Musselburgh. Michael goes to Tom Speirs for lessons and started his spot with the well-known 6/8 Donald McLean of Lewis. When he had settle down he set off into a double MSR with the great 2/4 marches The Clan McColl and The Crags of Stirling. An excellent inaugural performance and great to see Michael on the floor.

Iain Dewar

Iain Dewar

The pre pie piper was Iain Dewar who stated off with the 4/4 George Henry Gillies that was apparently composed by his son Pipe Sgt. Brian Gillies of the RSDG. Iain then went into the Willie Ross composition The Flight of the Eaglets also known as Lady McRoberts’ Lament. Following a fine rendition of the Royal Scot’s Polka Iain concluded his spot with the ground of The Lament of the Old Sword.

Michael Graham

Michael Graham

The post pie piper was none other than the Hon President himself, Colin MacLellan. The Eagle eyed amongst the audience quickly noticed that there was something slightly different about the pipe. A dark blue chanter. The Ayrfire had, I suspect, a bespoke red and white reed inside but this was not witnessed with the naked eye. Colin avoided slipping into The Sash My Father Wore and started his spot with a few waltzes. It has to be said that while these new coloured chanters seem to be in vogue just now the sound is certainly not affected and Colin’s pipe went from strength to strength. It settled so well that Colin gave us the ground and first couple of variations of the Lament for the Children. Once he had knocked that off he went into some competition bits and bobs starting with the very musical 2/4 Marches Leaving Lunga and Hugh Alexander Low of Tiree.IMG_0931

To end the evening it was left to Roddy Weir to give us the piobaireachd, The Groat. Roddy is obviously enjoying his retirement and it would not surprise me one bit if he picks up a few prizes this year. The bagpipe was again first class and he gave us a very musical interpretation of this tune.

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Blue ?

The games are well under way and it is nice to see the Eagles holding their own with a first and second in the A Piob. at Blair Atholl. Well done Peter M and Jenny H.

Next meeting Tuesday 10th June.

Euan Anderson

Roddy playing The Groat

Roddy playing The Groat

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Match Report Tuesday 13th May 2014

The P/M got us under way with a wee tear in his eye as he celebrated his departure from the Scottish Police Service. Whether it was a tear of joy or sadness has yet to be determined but he did start off with some Jigs! Time now to address the golf handicap!

Next up was Lachie Dick who is in the middle of his exams so this was a bit of R and R. Lachie has recently been down in the Scottish Borders looking after the lieges down there. Good luck with the results LD. He was in fine form and ended a splendid spot with the jigs Donald McKillop and The Cameronian Rant.Lachie Dick

Peter Digby enjoying some tunes

Peter Digby enjoying some tunes

Peter Digby from South Africa was a welcome return visitor the Eagles and he gave us a very insightful update to the piping scene over there. (and the Oscar Pistorius trial!)

Pies. But before they were served the Hon Pres. presented a Society gift to the Pipe Major marking the end of his 32 years Police service-a bespoke Eagle Piper’s waistcoat. The Hon P/M immediately donned the resplendent vest and gave us a few tunes starting off with the well know 2/4 March, The Fight for Truth and Justice Goes On.

Colin presents the waistcoat to Euan

Colin presents the waistcoat to Euan

The post pie piper was Roddy Weir who was quickly into his stride starting with Lilly Christie and The Trees of North Uist. Roddy is going to have a great summer playing pipes and perusing his other love, Mountain Bike riding. (well done Mrs W for completing the Edinburgh marathon at the weekend)

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Braw

The final piper of the evening was Andrew Gray who was on piobaireachd duties. Andrew gave us the Donald McLeod composition MacMhurich’s Salute that you will find on Donald’s Piobaireachd Tutorial Vol 4. This was a most welcome airing as this tune is not often heard out with the memorial competition arena. It has some very distinctive wee idiosyncrasies and Andrew made a very nice job of it.

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

And that was the evening s evening.

The Games are up and running and the Band season has started so good luck to all.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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Match Report 29th April 2014

In the absence of the Hon P/M, the evening got off to a prompt start with young Diarmid Lindsay playing a set of Sinclair pipes given to him in 1967 on his 21st birthday.  Diarmid is fresh from the prize list at The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society annual contest and tonight gave us a selection including the 4/4s Maggie’s Wedding (self-penned), Smith’s a Gallant Fireman, 8th Argyll’s Farewell to the 116th Regiment de Linge and Within a Mile o’ Edinburgh Toon.  Here is a photo of Diarmid taken recently.

 

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The Lindsay’s a Gallant Pipe Major

Another youngish member, Iain Dewar, played next on his immaculate looking and sounding silver and ivory Gillanders & McLeod drones – adorned with historic Royal Scots’ ribbons.  Iain finished a stirring selection of tunes with the ground of Beloved Scotland, one of the most evocative piobaireachd.

Tom Peterkin was Post Pie Piper.  Tom was remaining tight lipped about the identity of a piper he booked to play at his recent wedding who, just as the bride arrived at the altar, knocked a three foot crystal vase containing the bridal flowers onto the floor with his bass drone.  Tam is not sure who was more smashed.

The Mystery Wedding Smasher

The Mystery Wedding Smasher

Andy Gray gave a very musical selection before the headline act of the night, Nils Michael, rounded things off with the piobaireachd, Corrienessan’s Salute.  Having recently returned to a full cane set up, Nils overcame the distractions of a temperamental middle tenor to give a strong and musical rendition of this popular Silver Medal set tune.

 

 

 

Douglas Gardiner

 

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New Zealand-Hasting Highland Games 2014

The 2014 Hasting Highland Games saw our own International Eagle Tracey Williams lift the 56th Gold Medal and we will be sure to raise a glass to celebrate her success this Tuesday. Tracey has been kind enough to give us a ‘match report’ and her own thoughts on the events of the day that you can read after the brief contest report. I see there is scant information about the post contest celebration but then again perhaps she cant recall?

Greig Wilson

Greig Wilson

Greg Wilson won the Clasp and the Overall A Grade Light Music at the 2014 Annual Hastings Highland Games, considered the pinnacle of piobaireachd competitions in New Zealand. Tracey Williams, recently returned from Scotland, picked up the 56th Gold Medal with the Desperate Battle. Andrew Edwards claimed the Silver Medal, Hamish Dick won the Under 21 NZ Championship Piobaireachd, and Braden Mills won the Bronze Medal.

Greg also picked up the Strathspey and Reel, double 2/4 Marches and was placed second in the Hornpipe and Jig. Liam Kernaghan won the A Grade MSR, the 2/4 March, and was second in the Strathspey and Reel. Brendon Eade captured the Hornpipe and Jig and the 6/8 March, and placed second in the Clasp, A MSR, the 2/4 March, and the double 2/4 Marches. Stuart Easton, Jamie Hawke, George Mason, Marion Horsburgh and William Rowe took the rest of the prizes. In the B Grade, Scott Marshall won most points, and Timothy Dudley from Nelson won the C Grade overall.

All piobaireachd events were judged by Brian Switalla and Iain Hines. All the A Grade light music was judged by Stewart McKenzie.

Gold Clasp Piobaireachd

1st Greg Wilson

2nd Brendon Eade

3rd Stuart Easton

4th Marion Horsburgh

Tracey Williams

Tracey Williams

56th Gold Medal Piobaireachd

1st Tracey Williams

2nd Daniel Milosavijevic

3rd Willie Rowe

4th Liam Kernaghan

Silver Medal Piobaireachd

1st Andrew Edwards

2nd Donella May

3rd Lewis Gibson

4th Anna Smart

Under 21 NZ Championship Piobaireachd

1st Hamish Dick

2nd Anna Smart

3rd Nicola Thomson

4th Cameron Richardson

A Grade 6/8 March

1st Brendon Eade

2nd Stuart Easton

3rd George Mason

4th Liam Kernaghan

A Grade MSR

1st Liam Kernaghan

2nd Brendon Eade

3rd Stuart Easton

4th Jamie Hawke

A Grade 2/4 March

1st Liam Kernaghan

2nd Brendon Eade

3rd Greg Wilson

4th Marion Horsburgh

A Grade 2 x 2/4 Marches


1st Greg Wilson

2nd Brendon Eade

3rd Stuart Easton

4th Jamie Hawke

A Grade Open Hornpipe & Jig

1st Brendon Eade

2nd Greg Wilson

3rd Jamie Hawke

4th Willie Rowe

A Grade Strathspey and Reel


1st Greg Wilson

2nd Liam Kernaghan

3rd Stuart Easton

4th Jamie Hawke

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Our agent in the field, Tracey Williams

‘It’s Tuesday night in Scotland, and it’s the school holidays. This combination usually means that I head for the Scots Guards Club prepared with an overnight bag and ready to twist the rubber arms of the Hon. Pres. and the Hon. P/M. The evening typically ends around 4am at the lovely home of the Hon. Pres. with an assortment of excellent drams having been duly sampled, tunes having been discussed and the world generally put to rights.

How different this Tuesday evening is for me, as it is in fact Wednesday morning, and I am drinking a cup of tea in the early morning sunshine listening to bird song. I’m in the house in which I grew up; made my tea in the kitchen which saw me practice various steps as a clumsy, over-sized Highland dancer; sitting in the lounge which heard me pull the pipes from the box for the very first time and attempt my first honking. On the dining table at which I have eaten countless meals as soon as I was too big for a high chair, completed homework and sewed many an ill-fated garment, there are currently displayed two lovely trophies and a gold medal – my own.

Easter time in New Zealand sees one of the nation’s biggest and most prestigious gatherings of pipers and dancers at the Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games in my hometown of Hastings. This year, around 90 pipers travelled from all over the country to compete in the two-day “Games” which includes a very comprehensive programme of piobaireachd events.

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Jason Craig, TW and Tom Glover Pre contest

It could be described as perhaps the Argyllshire Gathering or Northern Meeting of New Zealand, and is quite grueling in a different way: instead of waiting for hours for one’s turn to play and trying to preserve energy and focus for the optimum moment, there are fewer competitors in each class, but a mind-boggling array of events.

In the A grade, competitors face a 6/8 March, a 2/4 March, a Double 2/4 March, a March Strathspey and Reel, a Strathspey and Reel, and a Hornpipe and Jig. And that’s on top of any piobaireachd event. In other grades competitors face a similar array of events, and the piobaireachd events provide the most extensive competition opportunities I have seen anywhere: Clasp, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal as well as D Grade and Novice Piobaireachd.

The weekend started on the Friday night with the Clasp event for former winners of the Gold Medal. Big tunes were set this year – Scarce of Fishing, Patrick Og MacCrimmon’s Lament, Lament for Lady Margaret MacDonald, Nameless Cherede Darievea, Battle of the Pass of Crieff, Donald Gruamach’s March were all heard on the night.

Greg Wilson was the winner on the night, and we all marveled at his apparently self-tuning drones. They wandered out slightly as there was a pretty big temperature differential between tuning room and stage, but magically retuned themselves!

In amongst all that Light Music on the Saturday, it was my turn to battle the air conditioning in the auditorium for the Gold Medal piobaireachd event. Armed with hair drier, mops and rags, I went forth with The Desperate Battle, and managed to get it fairly well all in the shape I wanted it. With this tune, I was lucky enough to win the Gold Medal, ahead of some very fine tunes from my colleagues.IMG_0871

Being the sentimental kind of girl that I am, it felt like quite a big deal for me: This “Home-Coming” tune and resulting success. I am facing a constant internal barrage of thoughts of what was, what has been, what I have left, what is, and what might be. I carried with me on to the competition platform last weekend thoughts of so many friends and influences who have been with me at various stages of my piping career – all whom I have learned from in so many different ways. I felt a very acute sense of duty to play well alongside the desire to do so, and to have been recognised in this way is very humbling.

IMG_0873Last night, I was out for dinner with a friend who attended a prize giving with me when I won some B grade prizes last century! She can clearly remember me being in awe of the Gold Medal winners of the day, and to think that I am now that Gold Medalist is a rather odd sensation. There is still such a long way to go and so much to learn!

Next weekend will see me travel to Adelaide in Australia for the R.U. Brown competition, and shortly after that, to Dunedin for some more piobaireachd-ing…

Another Scottish summer and a few more Eagle Pipers sessions?? Who knows?!?!

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Match report Tuesday 15th April 2014

Jenny HazzardWith the P/M suffering from ‘gardening hands’ having attempted to do all his annual gardening in one week, he relinquished the opening slot to Jenny Hazzard who did not take long at all to get into her stride. Jenny has mastered the Eagles slots in that the pipe does not have to be in perfect tune straight out the box.  Just play a few wee tunes and they will come in and then ten minutes of repertoire. Once her pipes settled she gave us the lovely 2/4 marches David Ross of Rosehall and John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage. Kilbowie Cottage was one of John Burgess’s favourites and he was in the habit of giving the opening C grip that wee bit extra length just to give it style and panache. I think the tune is in John MacLellan’s book ‘More music for the Highland Bagpipe’. Jenny then went into some competition strathspeys and reels before closing with Roddy MacDonald’s waltz from Good Drying, Abercrombie Place followed by a couple of jigs.

Next up was Tom Peterkin who has a great repertoire of old different tunes. His opening selection contained Daft Donald and as we had 2 Donald’s in the audience we were spoil for choice for some banter. Tom then went into the great 2/4 Marches Millbank Cottage, composed by P/M William Dumbreck and Conon Bridge, composed by GS MacLennan.Tom Peterkin

Pies and a wee chat.

The post pie piper was Roddy Weir who is in transition from army life back into ‘civvie street’. He was on his new personalised bag the ‘RW’ sheepskin. The new Red Welt bags are made locally in Edinburgh and the skin was of the highest quality. We await Roddy’s longer-term report but this could be a serious competitor in the market place. Roddy’s pipe was immaculate as he deftly stepped his way through the light music before giving us the robust A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach. An excellent performance on a great pipe.

Roddy Weir

Roddy Weir

The following are a couple of options with regards the history of the tune

Donald Mòr had a brother who lived in Glenelg who was known by the name of Patrick Caog, on account of a squint or defect in one of his eyes. This young man had a quarrel with his foster brother, a native of Kintail. Sometime after the dispute, while he was in the act of washing his face, in a burn or rivulet adjoining his dwelling, the Kintail man came behind him, and treacherously with his dirk gave him a mortal blow. This being made known to Donald Mòr at Dunvegan, he prepared to revenge the untimely death of his brother, and taking his Pipes up to MacLeod’s room, he threw them on the bed. MacLeod surprised, demanded to know what had occurred.

In few words he related to him the affair, when the laird pacified the enraged Piper, and promised him, on condition of his remaining at home, to see justice done before the expiration of twelve months. Macleod thought that his wrathful Piper would forget the cruel murder by that time, and allow his ire to abate; but such was not the case, for on the termination of the twelve months, he set out himself for Glenelg, without informing any one of his intention; and finding on his arrival there that the murderer of his brother had gone to Kintail, he pursued his journey thither.

The offender, having been apprised of his arrival, concealed himself in the house of a friend; and the inhabitants of the village not choosing to deliver him up, MacCrimmon was so enraged, that he resolved to set their houses on fire,–a resolution which he found an opportunity of carrying into effect that night, and burned eighteen of their houses, which caused the loss of several lives. (This is called Lasan Phadruig Chaog, or a flame of wrath for Squinting Peter). Donald then made his escape to Lord Rea’s country, where he remained for some time under the protection of Donald Duaghall Mackay, afterwards Lord Rea, with whom he had been formerly acquainted.’

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One of the MacCruimeins, a celebrated musician known by the cognomen of Padruig

Caogach, owing, we suppose, to his inveterate habit of twitching or winking with his eyes, was about that time composing a new pipe tune. Two years had elapsed since the first two measures of it had become known and popular, but owing to its unfinished state it was called “Am Port Leathach”. Some of the greatest poets have experienced more difficulty in supplying a single line or couplet than in the structure and harmonisation of an entire piece.

Musicians, too, have experienced similar perplexities, and Padruig Caogach had fairly stuck.

The embryo tune was everywhere chanted and everywhere applauded, but no—the genius of composition seemed to exult at a distance and to wink at Caogach’s perplexity. 

Tender of his brother piper’s reputation, our blind author set to work and finished the tune, which he called “Lasan Phadruig Chaogaich,” or Padruig Caogach’s Flame of Wrath, thus nobly renouncing any share of the laudation that must have followed upon the completion of the admired strain. Patrick, finding his peculiar province usurped by a blind beardless youth, bribed the other apprentices to do away with his rival’s life. This they attempted while walking with John at Dun Boreraig, where they threw their blind friend over a precipice twenty-four feet in height. John alighted on his feet and suffered no material injury. The place over which he was precipitated… is yet recognised as “Leum an Doill”. The completion of “Lasan Phadruig Chaogaich” procured great praise for our young musician, and gave rise to the following well-known proverb, “Chaidh am foghlumaiche os cionn Mhic Cruimein,” that is, the apprentice outwits the master.’

Take your pick. And that was the evenings evening.

There are piobaireachd slots available for those wishing a run in front of an audience in preparation for the games. Just drop me a line at euananderson@me.com

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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Match Report Tuesday 1st April.

April Fool. Who got caught? The hens laying square eggs, that featured on breakfast TV raised a smile, but gave an early warning not to be duped later in the day.

The weather was dreadful and Manchester United were playing in Europe but that did not stop the worthies turning out and what a great night we had.

Andrew going through his paces

Andrew going through his paces

Once the P/M had broken the ice young Andrew Allison took to the floor under the watchful eye of mama Allison. Andrew has great hands and is very musical. The next big step for him is to move away from a big band instrument to something more refined for the solo world but boy can he play. Once settled he gave us the Donald McLeod composition P/M J. McWilliams, followed by Maggie Cameron and The Brown Haired Maiden. Later in the evening Iain Speirs also played P/M J McWilliams so here’s a bit about the tune and the man himself.

Donald MacLeod wrote the following inscription on the original copy of his composition: ‘Jim, this is the only way I can show my appreciation of your interest in youth and the Great Highland Bagpipe’.  Donald.

Jim McWilliams was born on May 31st, 1938 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in the heart of the prairies. He spent much of his early life in a homesteader’s lean-to perched above a bend of the Moose Jaw Creek.

In 1956, he enlisted in the Canadian Army as a Piper destined for the Black Watch of Canada. Things didn’t work out that way, he emerged from Camp Borden, Ontario, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, and with a B.A. in English and History from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jim devoted much of his free time topiping and he compiled a “History of Piping” to be used at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts in the Piping and Drumming School, which he founded.

Ironed ?

Ironed ?

Next for shaving was Tom Peterkin who it has to be said, despite the presence of a Mrs Peterkin, is maintaining his usual standards in the dress and deportment front! Once Tom had talked to his bass drone and the pipe was settled he gave is the lovely Pipe Major Sandy Spence-Atholl Highlanders followed by Achany Glen (A wooded glen in Sutherland, that occupies the valley of the River Shin between Loch Shin and the River Oykel). He then went into some 6/8s that included the little heard (General) Wades Welcome to Inverness that is to be found in the G.S. McLennan collection under the name Lillie Long-Wade’s Welcome to Inverness composed by P/M Robert Meldrum.

Craig SutherlandThe PPP was Craig Sutherland who was keen to get onto the floor and run through some of his repertoire before his knock out semi final at the SGC on Sunday 13th April. The Eagles is ideal for this as it gives the competition piper a chance to blood himself in a friendly but informed environment. It’s all about controlling the nerves to prevent the brown trousers being required or indeed the Jannies sawdust. Craig’s dad was there for support. Mind you I wonder if the parents are sometimes more nervous than their offspring? I know Ian Drummond is a wreck when Cameron plays.

Anyway Craig was in sparkling form as he trotted through some pretty heavy stuff on a first class pipe. Included were some 6/8 marches, The Braemar Gathering and the Trees of North Uist followed by two Gordon Duncan compositions, that I would describe as marching hornpipes. I think the first one was The Gladiator? He concluded his set with a cluster of wee strathspeys and reels and is clearly in fine form this early in the season.iain Speirs

Iain Speirs was on next and once he had wished everyone a Happy New Year got the pipe out. It’s been a busy start to 2014 for Iain and this was his first visit, very timely as he was heading to Stornoway for the Donald McLeod memorial at the weekend. He settled the pipe down very quickly with some 3/4s that included the Gavin Stoddard composition, The Road to Passchendaele. (The Battle of Passchendaele was a campaign of the first world fought by the British and their allies against the German Empire The battle took place on the Western Front, between July and November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres in West Flanders.

Iain then stepped through his light music competition tunes on a bagpipe that is fast becoming his signature.

Craig Martin

Craig Martin

To round off the evening we had Craig Martin on the Piobaireachd who was suitably attired in highland dress and ready for action. Craig started by heading up the stairs to tune for his slot and then came down and headed straight into an MSR. He then gave us a Hornpipe and Jig, The Train Journey North and John Patterson’s Mare. After a few minute he gave us a very nice Wee Spree and all was well until the last few bars when water kicked in. Again a valuable lesson learned at the Eagles about knowing your pipe and playing in different environments. Certainly it did not detract from Craig’s performance on the night but it would have cost him dear in a contest. Craig is going from strength to strength though and I would not be surprised to see him in the prizes this season.

And that was the evenings evening.

See you all in two weeks time, Tuesday 15th and don’t forget the Knock Out at the Scots Guards Club on Sunday 13th 16.00 KO.

Oh and congratulations to Raith Rovers. :)

Euan Anderson Hon P/M.

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