As this is our first experience of running the Society through the busy August schedule we were not sure how it would go and if people would turn up. As it turns out August has been a bit of a treat with 3 excellent meetings.
Once I had played a few tunes local member Colin Campbell got the show going with a substantial spot of light music. Once the pipe had settled he showed us his form playing a very nice John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage.
Next for shaving was Nils Michaels who I am pleased to say is becoming a regular attendee. We had a bit of sport with Nils for his setting of Ruthven Market but he was in great form coming off the back of a good session round the games.
The pre-pie piper was Colin Maclellan who after his selection of tunes made a small speech and presentation to P/M Robert Kilgour ex Scots Guards.
Bob is an ex P/M of the Eagle Pipers and was a stalwart for many years in the Edinburgh piping scene. He was also heavily involved with the Highland Pipers. Bob married and moved to Denmark and true to form got hold of the local piping Society and made a significant impact there. To have him at the meeting was very special for me and it brought back many fond memories of the old days at the Eagles when my father was alive having a dram with his chums listening to the great pipers of that era and a time when perhaps licensing laws were not so strictly adhered to!
- The post-pie piper was none other than Michael Grey from Canada who was over with his band, The Toronto Police to compete at Cowal. In my opinion Michael is one of the great modern day composers and countless bands and pipers have tunes of Michael’s in their repertoire. Michael played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders during their glory days and is a formidable competitor on the solo circuit. It was a real treat to have him play at the Eagles.
Next up was another Gray. Dr Robert Gray took the floor fresh from a couple of notable successes round the games having won the piobaireachd at Dornoch and South Uist.
Cameron Drummond was next and it has to be said he was in sparkling form. Cameron is about to embark into the real world and start working for a living at Strathallan School but he has made best use of the summer and had a very successful Argyllshire Gathering picking up 5th in the Gold Medal, 4th in the Marches and winning the Jig. (Craig Muirhead who was in the audience was 4th in the jigs).
The final piper of the evening was Andrew Rogers from Canada who gave us a splendid Battle of Waternish. Andy has won the Silver medal at Oban and Gold medal at Braemar and it was clear why he has had such success. He was also a member of the Sprit of Scotland pipe band when they qualified for the G1 worlds final a couple of years back.
Special mention was made regarding Tracy Williams 3rd in the Silver medal at Oban and Iain Speirs taking 3rd in the open piobaireachd. It was also Nick Keyden’s 17th birthday but instead of cake he had 2 pies. Nick is also the new P/M of the Edinburgh Academy School.
Another fantastic night and we have somewhat caught up with our recordings that can now be heard on the Eagle Pipers’ channel on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/TheEaglePiper. I would encourage you to take and look and sign up to the site as there are some great recordings to be heard. And don’t forget to check out the Facebook site at for news and photos etc. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=226571900545&ref=ts
Hope to see you at the next meeting.