Many of you reading this will be aware that due to the untimely death of Euan’s Uncle – Chris Anderson, it was not possible for the P/M to attend this meeting. I have posted some details on the Facebook page about Chris and indeed the funeral arrangements.
On behalf of the Eagle Membership I would like to extent our sincere condolences to the whole of the Anderson family at this difficult time.
I am sure that Chris however, would be the first to say that the ‘show must go on’ and it did.
Numbers on the floor this week were down slightly and it’s hardly surprising.
It has been a busy old season for most, whether as competitors, in bands or as soloists. Recitals, judging duties, tutoring or indeed commitments to social functions all take their toll in one way or another.
It then got me to thinking back to Euan’s visit to the Birnam Hotel earlier this year, where he delivered a talk on the success of piping societies in modern times.
I suppose for me and many others The Eagles is a society where the only pressure that is put on you, is that pressure you put on yourself.
We are very privileged to have people within our ranks that have achieved the highest accolades but modesty and a willingness to help others improve is a true testament to their abilities.
For me, coming back to piping has been a breath of fresh air and the Eagles gives us all an opportunity to play and talk about the instrument as well as having a bit of craic
On Tuesday we were fortunate to have Kenny McBride take the helm for what turned out to be a rather good evening.
Kenny and George Campbell signed up for the Pipers’ Trail this year – which for those of you who don’t know is essentially a civilian band which performs with the massed bands at the Tattoo.
Neither, Kenny or George are strangers to the Tattoo as they played there with Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band in 1995. Both thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Castle and as you would expect this has meant that they have forged new friendships and potentially recruited new members.
One of whom was Shona Duncan from Edinburgh, who turned up for a tune.
Kenny got us all sorted and actually we had pretty good sound going. We went through a good bit of the book before the pies and although he never said too much – I think he was happy enough at how we played.
Kenny played a nice selection of 3/4’s and 4/4’s and with his pipes suitably warmed up settled he launched in to a few MSR’s before finishing up with a Hornpipe and Jig set.
As usual Kenny is extremely modest and also his biggest critic but true to form he can certainly deliver. I quite often ask Kenny what this tune was or that tune was after he plays and he very rarely can remember. All I know is it is great to hear him play and he is a huge asset to the Society.
Next up George Campbell with his Robertson’s. George has been playing the Ezeedrone Super Moisture absorbent reed since August and they sound great in his pipes. With minimal tuning George just got straight into it and again never put a foot wrong from start to finish.
I am very pleased that the Eagles give these guys an opportunity to play and allows others to enjoy their respective talent which would otherwise go unheard.
John Murphy has never played in front of the group since joining and this was really a bench mark for him. John played a selection of 3/4’s including Miss Mary Grant of Lochgelly (Scots Guards III). It was a great effort by Murph and well received by the group.
Although he didn’t have his pipes this week (black mark against his name) Gordon Hislop was about and having a good chat about the CPA (Competing Pipers Association) and what is required from applicants.
It turns out that Graeme Farr has made his submissions with a view to competing – this is great news. What better way to get the ball rolling than to give your mates a tune and that is exactly what Graeme did.
Playing Alan Dodds Farewell to Scotland in his MSR set, it was great to see Graeme up there and strutting his stuff.
For me as Secretary these are significant events for these two guys and I am fair chuffed to have been there to listen to it.
As a Society the Eagles has a large membership and as membership secretary it’s my job to try and ensure that those people who are down ‘on the books’ as members, get the most out of the society.
Many will have received emails asking for updated details and others I know haven’t – because the emails come back to me undelivered.
So here’s the rub, to continue to be successful we need to communicate and communication is a two way street. To that end, if you haven’t heard from me please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with your up to date contact details.
That’s all from me folks. Next meeting is on 19th September but please bear in mind that the Scots Guards Knockout Competitions start on Sunday 24th September at 1600 where Callum Moffat will square up to Jonathon Simpson
Remember we also have Steven Leask visiting on Tuesday 3rd October for what I am sure will be another grand evening.
All the best to you and yours