It was time for our annual meeting with The Royal Scottish Pipers Society and our turn to host the evening. Both sides were well represented and the evening kicked off with the RSPS playing a few sets on their own under the stewardship of current P/M Andrew Cook.
After a quick refreshment to wet the thrapple both units merged forces and a band of around 30 took to the floor. Now while there was not a drone tuner in sight (thankfully) the combined sound was surprising palatable and a few more sets were played before the pie break and yet further refreshments.
The PPP was Lachie Dick who probably played the tune of the night, an unknown 2/4 march that was full of music and swing. When asked the name Lachie was his usual informative self ‘It’s someone’s name from somewhere’. Oh well, lovely just the same.
We then had tunes from Colin MacNeill and Cameron Drummond and Alan Forbes.
Colin played a few rarely heard tunes on a lovely sweet pipe. Haste ye back Colin. Cameron was on his usual sparkling form before Alan stepped his way though some of his light music repertoire that included a new Fred Morrison jig composition, Sky (named after a person rather than the Island- apparently?).
To close the evening Andrew Gray took to the floor. He was using the evening as a run out for his graduation performance at the Royal Conservatoire the following day and his piobaireachd was the Donald McLeod composition, Lament for the Iolaire. This tune was named in memory of a shipwreck off the Isle of Lewis in 1919. The Iolaire went down taking hundreds of service men who were on their way home after world war one.
Andrew played the tune full of confidence and it was a worthy conclusion to a great evening. We look forward to the next time.
In two weeks time we have a normal Society night and two weeks after that, 7th July, we are welcoming a few pipers along from Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. Glenn Brown will be on Piob. duties.