The Hon. PM got proceedings under way playing his refurbished 1950’s Lawries and a Sinclair chanter. He was followed by one of the Society’s local members Allan Harper. Andrew Gray gave a few tunes on his silver and ivory Naill bagpipe. Andrew plays for Torphichen and Bathgate and is a member of the National Youth Pipe Band. Douglas Gardiner from Edinburgh gave another fine selection of tunes before the Hon. President Colin MacLellan played the pies in at 9 o’clock.
It was nice to see some relatively new faces. Dr Fergus Perks who plies his trade at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was in the audience. Fergus had escaped from domesticity as he and his wife have just had a new baby, their second child. Adrian Lewis is becoming another regular face and was warned by the PM that he was on his last appearance without pipes. In fact there were a few in the audience who had left the pipe at home!! James Westhead and his dad Keith (Stockbridge Pipeband) were in and Libby O’Brien, a snare drummer for the Vale of Atholl, had also made the trip through from Glasgow. Angus Lutton and Nick Keyden were first in the pie queue again.
The guest piper of the evening was Keith Bowes. Keith is based in Glasgow just now studying at the RSAMD and is a member of TNT with Cameron Drummond and Ally Henderson. Keith is also a member of the Scottish Power Pipe Band. It was nice to see Keith’s mum and dad along for the trip. Keith Bowes Snr. is the PM of Johnston and produces a first class sheepskin bag. In fact he tied one on for Colin during the evening! Keith was looking resplendent in his McLachlan tartan trews and despite taking a bit of a pasting recently on facebook for his new attire he definitely pulled it off and was awarded the Dress and Deportment for the evening. Keith played a few warm up tunes before giving us a brisk and very well played piobaireachd, The Earl of Ross’s March. Well done Keith.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th May when Alasdair McLaren will be bringing some of his charges through from the NYPB and Emma Buchan is scheduled play the Piobaireachd, Old Men of the Shells. It will be a great evening and fantastic to see young talent on display.
Our President will be elsewhere as a wee bit of Society history is due to take place. At the Cartier Square Drill Hall on Wednesday 12th May 2010 the Ottawa Branch of the PPBSO hosts the first Eagle Pipers’ Society meeting outside of Scotland. The Hon. President will give a presentation on the history of the Society and then don the PM’s hat and run the playing side of the evening. The meeting starts at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.
The start of the pipe band season is almost upon us with the Dunbar and Gourock weekend 8th and 9th May respectively, followed by the first major of the season, the Scottish Championships on Saturday 22nd May in Dumbarton. Good luck to all involved.
For the solo audience Cameron Drummond takes on Craig Muirhead in the first semi-final of the knock out competition on Sunday 23rd May at 16.00hrs in the Scots Guards Club. Of note, membership is available to all for the Scots Guards Club at £25 per annum.