It’s the end of April/beginning of May. It’s snowing! The band season is just about upon us and the first major is on the 19th . 3 weeks! Dig out the capes, mitts and hip flasks.
The down turn in the weather saw a quieter evening at the Eagles and the P/M got the evening under way. After trotting out some old favourites he ended with the ground and first variation of the Salute to The Prince. The heavens opened and down came the purple rain.
Next up was Fergus Perks, who is coming back into form after a bit of an absence from the pipe. A quick tune of the drones and he was off into some lovely light music. The drones stayed where they were and the pipe was very easy on the ear. Fergus concluded his spot with the Urlar of Colin MacRae of Inverinate’s Lament which is also known as Duncan MacRae of Kintail’s Lament. While published in the Kilberry and Piobaireachd society books there is a setting of Colin MacRae in the William Ross’ collection from 1885. This setting has toarluath and crunluath variations (singlings only) that rounds off this very melodic tune very nicely.
Pies were very welcome on this cold night.
To finish off the night Jenny Hazzard, who was breaking in a new sheepskin bag, (T.T.O.BB), played a few tunes that included the 2/4 March Murdo MacLeod, composed by Peter R. MacLeod Snr.
Peter Roderick MacLeod Senior was born in Aird, Uig, on the Isle of Lewis, on the 13th December 1879. During the First World War he saw action in Egypt and Gallipoli. From 1902-1927 he was employed as a shipwright in a number of Clyde shipyards including Fairfield’s in Govan and Charles Connell in Whiteinch.
For many years he stayed at 7 Exeter Drive in Partick, Glasgow. It was during the latter part of this time that he met with an industrial accident involving a ship’s deck hatch that led to his right leg having to be amputated. The resultant ill-fitting artificial leg caused him much pain throughout the remainder of his life. He died in Erskine Old Soldiers Hospital near Renfrew on 16th June, 1965.
Jenny finished with the ground of McNeill of Barra’s March and that was the evenings evening.
Dates for the Diary
This Friday, 6th May, the Eagles are at the Royal Scottish Pipers Society rooms in Rose Street Lane, Edinburgh, KO around 19.30. Come along and bring your pipes.
This Saturday, 7th May, at the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, the annual Scots Guards Association dinner, featuring Angus MacColl Snr. Tickets £25 are still available