Match Report Tuesday 21st July 2015

The games season is in full flight and with Inveraray being on the same day we expected a slightly smaller turn out than usual. However thanks to the sterling effort of Andrew Yu, Craig Martin and Jenny Hazzard, (who all played at the games but made it back to Edinburgh in time) the evening was a great success.

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu, who is from Victoria in Hong Kong, started things off. Andrew is currently having a tune with RAF 11745595_10153550293763291_4556053028873094707_nHalton but is also going round the games competing in C Grade. He has been at the Eagles a few times and has settled well into the culture and diet.

Having settled the pipe with a couple of 6/8s Andrew played a slow march followed by the jig, The Pipers Bonnet. He then went into a competition MSR starting off with The Stirlingshire Militia.

Next up was Nils Michael who was clearly in the mood for a tune. He has been having a

Andrews favourite

Andrews favourite

tune with Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles this year. Nils settled the pipe down with some nice 3/4s and then played some strathspeys and reels. This was just the warm up as he then trotted out several hornpipes/reels that included, The Pivovar IMG_2555Express, The Lost and Velocity. Foot stomping stuff and a bit of a Shotts tribute.

The PPP was number 84, Craig Martin, who didn’t take long to get into his stride and included in his light music tunes was the little heard The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forrest, composed by Angus Mackay. Craig then gave us a lovely rendition of The Massacre of Glencoe.IMG_2557

‘Early in the morning of 13 February 1692, in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution 

and the Jacobite uprising of 1689 led by John Graham of Claverhouse, a massacre took place in Glen Coe, in the Highlands of Scotland. This incident is referred to as the massacre of Glencoe,

The massacre began simultaneously in three settlements along the glen—Invercoe, Inverrigan, and Achnacon—although the killing took place all over the glen as fleeing MacDonalds were pursued.

Thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by the guests who had accepted their hospitality, on the grounds that the MacDonalds had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.’

IMG_2563Jenny Hazzard was the last to play and she didn’t waste any time into getting into the big stuff, probably because she wanted to get home for a bit R and R! Despite the challenge of the long day Jenny was in fine form and played the 2/4 march Murdo MacLeod that seems to be making a bit of a come back. After a double set of Strathspeys and Reels Jenny finished off with a hornpipe and jig. Great stuff.

Airth games and the Scottish Championships are on the calendar this weekend. Lets hope the weather is kind.

There will be no meeting on Tuesday 4th August. This meeting will now take place the following week on the 11th.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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Match Report 7th July 2015

sdcpb-logoThere are fashion statements and fashion statements. The boys from Shotts certainly made one. The quartet of Pipe Sgt. Glenn Brown, Scott Hannah, Dan Nevins and Fraser Hogg may have not been in running for the Pipe Major’s dress and deportment award but boy can they play.

Shotts are having a very successful season thus far and have been in the top 3 of every major so far. They are clearly knocking at the door and I am sure FMM are looking over their shoulders at this first class outfit.

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Glenn Brown Scott Hannah Fraser Hogg Dan Nevins

The first half of this informal night was dedicated to the quartet and to a full room the boys started off with some bright modern hornpipes, Abbotsinch to Aldergrove, composed jointly by Ryan and friend Donald MacPhee, and the second, The Salute to the MacLawsontyres, composed by Ryan in honour of the marriage of friends Andrew Lawson (Shotts drummer) and Kirsty Lawson (nee MacIntyre, and former Shotts piper).

IMG_2480Next up was an MSR. Highland Wedding/Susan MacLeod/John Morrison of Assynt House. It was just as well the boys were in shorts and wearing head sweat bands as the temperature in the room was rising by the minute. Great stuff and full of music. The guys rounded off the first half of the evening with a medley before sitting down to a well-earned pie and a cold pint of lager. Well in Glenn’s case water was the order of the day. (piob duties).IMG_2474

Scott Hannah

Scott Hannah

The post pie piper was Scott Hannah who hit the ground running playing a competition MSR, starting off with the great John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage. He then finished off with some jigs that included the little heard Center’s Bonnet. Great stuff and for a man who stays in Stockbridge there is no excuse for not being a regular visitor to the Eagles!!

Next for shaving was Dan Nevins. He also started with an MSR opening with Murdo MacLeod. After a few jigs he played a set of reels that can be found in the repertoire of The Big Stupid Ceilidh Band of which he is member. Check them out on You Tube. They do exist.

Dan Nevins

Dan Nevins

Fraser Hogg took to the floor and not to be outdone he also rattled out an MSR starting off with the great John MacColl composition, Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque. A few hornpipes followed that included an old favourite, Jimmy Tweedies Sea Legs.

Fraser Hogg

Fraser Hogg

The final player of the evening was Glenn Brown who had agreed to play The Lament for the Laird of Annapool, composed by Iain Dall MacKay, probably composed in the period 1700 – 1730. Iain Dall was born in 1656 and died in 1754. He was second cousin to the Laird of Annapool, Donald MacKay. MacKay had become the laird by virtue of his marriage to Marion Munro of Arnabol. Annapool is recognized as a corrupted version of Arnapol.

Glenn Brown

Glenn Brown

On the opening night of the ‘reformed’ Eagles, back on 19th October 2010, Glenn played The Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon so he was overdue return visit for a tune, and what a tune it was. One of the truly great tunes and if Glenn can carry this forward it will stand him in good stead at the big indoor events this year.

What a fantastic night and our thanks go to the guys for giving up their precious spare time to royally entertain us. Best wishes to the band for the remainder of the season. Thank you.

IMG_2489Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

A selection of the evenings piping can be found on our YouTube site.

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Worlds Date Change – 11th August 2015

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As in previous years, we will be holding a special meeting during “Worlds Week” on Tuesday 11th August.

The meeting on 4th August is therefore cancelled.  There will be a meeting on 18th August as normal.

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Match Report Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Douglas and the Parlour PipesThe Eagle Pipers gathering of 23rd June 2015 was opened by Douglas Gardiner with some very pleasing 3/4 marches on a quite excellent bagpipe.  This was followed by pretty and tuneful 4/4 marches, which were lovely to hear. The names of all of the above are those which I should know and was embarrassed to ask, therefore they remain unreported.

Douglas did, however, report the name of his next tune, the melodic slow air with the particularly uplifting title, My Lodgings in the Cold Cold Ground.  This was suitably brightened by some jigs, after which Douglas wrapped up with an excellent MSR:  the Young MacGregor, Highland Harry and the Rejected Suitor.

Next up was the Hon President Colin MacLellan, in charge of the evening’s proceedings in the absence of the Hon P/M, who P1010248was enjoying a golf outing to St Andrews.  Colin, who I can reliably report has been playing a lot of late 11071388_10153440189484308_3300701840134126069_n(as I am the grateful recipient of regular recitals at home), also began with some pretty 3/4 marches, followed by some lively 6/8s marches. He gave us a sneaky wee snippet of Patrick Og V1 Doubling – surely one of the greatest bits of composition in piping – then moved onto the Duchess of Edinburgh, the Braes of Castle Grant, Cabar Feidh, the Piper’s Bonnet, the Sheepwife, and the Smith of Chilliechassie. (I love that the predictive text in my phone has Chilliechassie in its memory.)  With pipes singing, Colin finished with an absolute treat, the urlar of the Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie.

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Gordon Hislop was the next performer, and got underway with some well executed 4/4 marches, then into the great 6/8 March John D Burgess. He carried on with some classic jigs, including the Banjo Breakdown and the Glasgow City Police Pipers, then finished with a couple of excellent 2/4 marches, Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque and another bash at the Young MacGregor.

Although there was a good turnout of listeners on the night, sets of pipes were thin on the ground.  So, although it was nice to have the chance to have a chat and a drink, Colin very generously offered to have another stint, and played the grounds of four of the great piobaireachd compositions:  Lament for the Union (some political commentary in with the music), Lament for the Earl of Antrim, Lament for the Children, and finally Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck – quite a special finish to a very pleasant evening of music and chat.

Next time (Tuesday 8th July) we welcome members of the Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, including Glenn Brown who will be treating us to a piobaireachd.

Shotts and Dykehead Bathgate 2015

Shotts and Dykehead
Bathgate 2015

Jenny Hazzard

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Match Report Tuesday 9th June 2015

Royal ScottishIt 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.2015-06-09 20.39.25

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 2015-06-09 20.39.58someone’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?).

Colin McNeill

Colin McNeill

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.

Alan Forbes

Alan Forbes

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.

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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7th July 2015 – Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Visit

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We are pleased to announce that Glenn Brown will bring a group of pipers from the world famous Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band to Eagles on Tuesday 7th July.  Gold Medallist Glenn will also play a piobaireachd.

This is a night not to be missed.

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Match Report 26th May 2015

UnknownSo where exactly is Dollar asked one of our visiting American guests. After a quick chat about Andy Murray, Stirling Castle, Bruce and Wallace etc. etc. they got the picture. Perhaps a small town but firmly on the map of Scottish history,culture and excellence.

Dollar Academy were the latest school to come along to the Eagles and we were in for a real treat. The school website states:

‘Our aim is to prepare our pipers to compete at all levels, including participation in the national competitions.  The Dollar Academy pipe band has won the Scottish CCF Championship for thirteen consecutive years and competes in the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association at juvenile and novice grade and in 2014 were crowned World Champions. For many of us the sight and sound of the pipeband is synonymous with Dollar Academy.’

On the piping front Matt Wilson has been at the helm for a while and he has recently been joined by none other than Callum Beaumont. Lee Innes has been involved with the drumming for some 19 years and Steven McWhirter is part of the instructors team,  thus it’s clear the school has nailed its colours to the mast regards instruction and development.Dollar

Tonights players were Sandy Cameron, Lucy Ferguson, Gregor Stewart and Cameron Bennett. Matt Wilson led the group opening with some 6/8s.

The first impression was ‘WOW’ what volume. My heart went out to the troops as I assumed they were blowing monster reeds but all were later to assure me that this was not the case. The band are on new Hardie chanters and sheepskin bags. They intend playing 14 pipers and 6/7 snares at the British this weekend and for a school band surely a sound hard to beat?

Next up was their competition MSR John McDonald of Glencoe/ Susan MacLeod/Fiona Macleod. A lovely swing in the 2/4. Have a listen at our YouTube site.

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A quick tune of the drones while playing a couple of 3/4s and the band were ready to play their medley. They kicked off with Castle Dangerous and then stepped their way through recognisable bits and bobs that ultimately formed a very well structured and musical medley. Great stuff and that brought the first half to a very satisfying close.

The post pie piper was Callum himself. On an immaculate pipe that required minimal, tuning he went straight into Mrs. John McColl and P/M J McWilliams. A hornpipe and jig followed and then we were treated to the ground and first couple of variations of The Lament for the Children. Lovely stuff and surprisingly the first time we have heard Callum at the Eagles. Haste ye back.IMG_2355

Another surprise was in store as Cameron Bennett returned with the accordion, supported by Sandy Cameron on the smallpipe. They rattled their way through some great tunes including the unusual jig, The Grouses Revenge.

IMG_2365We then had a couple of solo spots from Lucy Ferguson and Sandy Cameron on the Highland pipe. Both played an MSR and what was common to both was the lovely strathspey playing. The strathspeys in the band medley were the same. Held back a little allowing the dancing lilt to come through. Really good stuff.IMG_2370

And that brought the evening to an end. What a fantastic night. Hats off to Sandy, Cameron, Gregor and Lucy for turning out in their own time in the middle of such a hectic schedule. (not least the school exams.) To Matt and Callum, thank you and congratulations. It must be very rewarding to see the fruits of your labour perform to such a high standard.

IMG_2374One final note. Not only are Sandy, Cameron, Gregor and Lucy outstanding musicians, they are also very polite and personable young people who are a delight to chat to. I enjoyed their playing and company immensely.

Best of luck on Saturday.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th June when we will be hosting The Royal Scottish Pipers Society. Please come along with your pipe for tune.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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