Match Report Tuesday 1st October 2019

5101f7f1-c240-41a3-a90b-177a05c7591dAs the bands repertoire increases it is difficult to keep on top of all the tunes so hats off to all who put in the time and commitment  to do so. The sound is also more consistent (at a lower pitch of around 478-480) and perhaps on Tuesday we had the best sound of the year? No matching chanters, so it will always be a bit of a challenge, but all in all an acceptable to the critical ear. As in all bands blowing is key and when we hit the harder tunes sometimes that is an issue, but even thats getting better as confidence grows. Progress is definitely being made.

The post pie piper was Fergus Perks who stepped up to the plate to play the evenings piobaireachd. Interestingly Fergus sometimes battles with an E gracenote issue (that may be a form of focal dystonia?) but he has persisted and manages the issue very well. An interesting topic as many top players have suffered or do suffer from this type of thing. Something about the correct message from the brain not getting to the hands or muscles?62ba5996-6eea-4be6-b559-86f0ebb4cecf 

However, undaunted, Fergus plays very well and treated us to some great light music that included 6/8 marches and a top class MSR, John MacFadyen of Melfort, Dornie Ferry and Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree. 

He than played MacCrimmon Will Never Return followed by the hornpipe Mary Anne of Garradh-no-Mona, composed by P/M Sandy Forbes and a couple of jigs. Excellent stuff. A little heard hornpipe but the music was apparently published in an edition of the Piping Times for those on the hunt.

Fergus then finished off with Lady Anapool’s Lament. Not much is known about the Laird and Lady of Anapool and no one is really sure where Anapool is. Fergus made a first class job of the tune and his Tim Gellaitry pipe stood the test. Many thanks Fergus.

And with that we were done.

Congratulations to all those who took a prize at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial competition on Saturday.

Remember the Eagles are running a bus to the Glenfiddich and secretary Craig Robertson is taking names so please let him know if you want to book a seat.

See you on Tuesday 15th October at 20.00hrs.

Euan Anderson

Hon Pipe Major

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November Dates – GHC and EA

We have a busy November planned with the following special visits:

12th November – The Edinburgh Academy

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Pipe Major Michael Gray MBE will be bringing a quartet of pipers from The Edinburgh Academy to play a few tunes.  

There is a rumour that Michael himself will play the piobaireachd for the night.

26th November- The Glasgow Highland Club

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Glasgow Highland Club at Borreraig, Skye

For possibly the first ever time, The Glasgow Highland Club (from er, Glasgow) will be our very special guests for the night.  We will all play some tunes together then each society will perform some tunes – solo and band.

Dig out your EPS tie and kilt please.

 

 

 

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Date Change – Members’ Handicap Contest

Please note the Handicap Contest planned for 1st October has been moved to 10th December.

This will allow members more time to perfect tunes and dust down festive bag covers.

Our meeting on 1st October will be a normal session with Fergus Perks on the piobaireachd.

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Match Report Tuesday 3rd September 2019

IMG_1424Our special guest evenings are perhaps the years highlights and this was to be no exception. We were delighted to welcome young Andrew Ferguson from Dollar into the fold. At 17 Andrew is still at school and is under the wings of master 4 times clasp winner Callum Beaumont, who incidentally won his 4th clasp at the Northern Meetings, playing a masterful, The Daughters Lament. Many congratulations.

On an old set of Lawries Andrew got the first half under way with some 6/8 marches. He then went into a couple of hornpipes, Ian Green of Greentrax and Chasing Shadows. He continued to warm the fingers up with the hornpipe P/M G. S. Allan and the jig, St. Ninian’s Parish Centre Church, composed by Bob Worrall.

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young hands at work

Of note the George Allan referred to in the Donald MacLeod composition was Pipe Major of the 1st Royal Scots from 1907-1919 and the 2nd Royal Scots from 1921-1930. Willie MacCallum is on record as saying, ‘when my grandfather bought my silver Henderson pipes from Willie Thomson, that they had won both the Gold Medals played by George S Allan at Oban (1905) and Inverness (1906). Allan used to borrow the pipes to compete.John Wilson (Campbeltown, of Strathclyde Police fame) confirmed to me a couple of years back that his father Willie used to refer to these pipes I inherited as ‘the Allan pipes’.

IMG_1425Andrew then went into the meat of his first half performance with three competition 2/4 marches, followed by a set of three strathspeys and reels. What a great way to take us into the pie break.

The second half was all about getting the pipe settled for the great Earl of Ross’s March. Andrew played a selection of light music tunes before satisfying himself the pipe was ready for this big tune.

The tune is attributed to Donald Mor MacCrimmon c. 1600.

Ross seems to have been made a separate Earldom (from Moray) in the mid 12thcentury. Donald, Lord of the Isles, having been deprived of the Earldom through various kinds of feudal skulduggery, marched upon Aberdeen, and was defeated on 24thJuly 1411 at a place called Harlaw in the uplands of Garioch by a force of North East gentry and the citizens of Aberdeen. John, Lord of the Isles, is said to have surrendered the Earldom of Ross to the Scottish crown in 1476.

Andrews’s performance of the tune was mature for his years and technically very sound. The pipe held well and this is clearly a tune that will stand him in good stead for many years to come.IMG_1427

What a great evenings entertainment and many thanks Andrew for taking the time to come along and entertain us.

A package arrived in the post from our chums the St Andrews Caledonia Pipe band from Tasmania. Much appreciated folks.

The secretary will be sending out information about the bus trip to the Glenfiddich and remember the members competition to be held on Tuesday 1stOctober.

IMG_1433The P/M will be missing in action in 2 weeks time as he is taking a sabbatical but the band will continue to focus on The Conundrum and King George V’s Army.

 

 

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

 

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Members’ Handicap Contest – Tues 1st October

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding another handicap solo contest on Tuesday 1st October.

greeting_card_261655Pipers are to play a Slow Air and Jig of their own choice.

The contest will be judged by Mrs Susanne Speirs and Mrs Anna Gardiner.  A handicap system will be applied to ensure a level playing field between Gold Medallists and novice competitors.

The Solo Piping Judges’ Association Code of Conduct will not apply.  Members are free to attempt to influence the bench in any way they choose.

There will be prizes for the top three performances plus the following:

  • Best dressed piper
  • Most amusing performance
  • Most spectacular break down

The contest is open to all paid up members!  Entries on the night.

 

Douglas Gardiner

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Match Report Tuesday 13th August 2019

IMG_1284Another Piping Live done and dusted, the traditional pipeband concert, courtesy of Scottish power and Inveraray and District crownd world champions for the second year running. Hats off.

So what did we get up to in Worlds week? Well we did the usual and hosted our chums from Canada and Tasmania and a few more to boot.  The Sons of Scotland and St Andrews Caledonian were welcome guest asIMG_1279 the band ran through a fair bit of its repertoire. A warm night and thirsty work, so a halftime beer was most welcome and there was a queue for the pies.

The second half saw P/M John Ralph take the pipe majors pipe for a spin. He played quite a few of his own compositions before IMG_1283handing the pipe over to young Robert Cruickshank who played a lovely air, The Fallen, composed by R.S.  MacDonald, for his friend Willie Armstrong of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers when he was a serving fireman in Glasgow. The tune was written in tribute to his fire-fighter friend, Ally Boyle, who was diagnosed with blood cancer and had to retire at a young age. The Red Hot

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Chilli Pipers and guests recorded the tune as a charity track to raise funds for the cause.

The final player of the night was Eagle President, Douglas Gardiner who settled the pipe with some light music tunes, including an MSR, before giving us The Battle of Auldearn No 2. On a great pipe Douglas played the tune as it should be, finishing with a robust and brisk a-mach.  Great stuff Douglas.

A note from the man himself.

 Please note our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd September (not 20th August) when I am very pleased to announce we will have Andrew Ferguson as our special guest piper.IMG_1290

Andrew is 17 and a pupil at Dollar Academy.  He is taught by Callum Beaumont and has already won several adult C Grade prizes including the piobaireachd and MSR at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Contest.  He won the MacGregor Memorial trophy at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2018. He is certain to win more and win bigger!  Come along and hear a future star.

Douglas Gardiner.

The piping train rolls on. The Argyllshire Gathering has come and gone, the Captain John dinner is this Saturday and then it is up to Inverness. Congratulations to Stuart Liddle Andrew Hayes, Ben McClamrock and Gordon McCready who were the big winners in Oban. Also hats off to Iain Speirs who won the overall with two 2nds in the big events.

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Modelling the new merchandise

 

 

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

 

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Guest Piper – 3rd September

Please note our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd September (not 20th August) when I am very pleased to announce we will have Andrew Ferguson as our special guest piper.

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Andrew with the 2018 MacGregor Memorial Medal

Andrew is 17 and a pupil at Dollar Academy.  He is taught by Callum Beaumont and has already won several adult C Grade prizes including the piobaireachd and MSR at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Contest.  He won the MacGregor Memorial trophy at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2018.

He is certain to win more and win bigger!  Come along and hear a future star.

We will have a short session of band tunes before Andrew takes the floor.

 

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