The evening got under way with a few tunes from young Angus Lutton who was in fine form. Angus is at Edinburgh Academy and the school band are about to fly out to Canada on a weeks tour.
Next up was Jenny Hazzard who gave us some excellent music on a recently refurbished pipe. Jenny is pencilled in for the piobaireachd on the 6th July and for the calendar Tracy Williams is up next on Tuesday 22nd June.
Next up was the pre pie piper Edinburgh Academy tutor Michael Gray. This was a chance for Angus and Nick (Keyden) to see how it is done.
We had a special guest in the audience from New Zealand, John Hanning, from Wellington. John dropped in for a visit with Tom and Carol Speirs. John won the Argyllshire Gathering gold medal in 1987 playing Isabel Mackay. Interestingly he had to play in the silver medal later that year at the Northern Meeting due to grading issue. John told us that while in Scotland he managed to secure employment as the Duke of Atholl’s piper which was ideal as he could play at all the games. John also won the Braemar gold medal. It was great to see him there and he and fellow Kiwi Tracy Williams had a great natter.
Douglas Gardiner, on a very nice pipe, played a few tunes post pies before Tom Peterkin took to the floor to give us The Lament for the Little Supper. Tom won the Archie Kenneth Quaich earlier this year playing this tune and he gave us a very musical performance to round the evening off. Well done Tom.
The Scots Guards’ knock out final is this Sunday at 16.00hrs in the Guards Club at Haymarket Terrace Edinburgh, between Cameron Drummond and Kevin McNulty.