Tonight we welcomed a mini-band from the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, led by P/M Ian Duncan, to what we hope will become an annual occasion at Eagles. The band began with some lovely sets of marches of many time signatures, all presented in a relaxed and flowing style, and many replete with resounding harmonies. A further selection of tunes including a set beginning with a Breton air showcased some of the band’s more creative musical interludes.
Band member Logan Tannock continued the evening with a solo selection on a solid and steady pipe, and with devastatingly slick technique! What better tune to show this off with than the Cameron Highlanders’ March – a cracking tune! Logan also presented this evening’s piobaireachd in a slightly earlier slot – Too Long in This Condition.
We heard the Donald Macdonald setting of this tune which indeed makes for very enjoyable listening.
Anne Lore from Orleans, France snuck in during the break preferring a smaller audience than the crowd of 50+ gathered to hear L&B. Anne is spending 2 weeks in Scotland and has filled her trip to the brim with piping events and engagements. She competed successfully in the Scottish Pipers’ Association Amateur and Veteran events, attended the Piobaireachd Society conference and is concluding her trip with a small and Border pipe competition in Edinburgh. She played some delightful tunes including a 6/8 March by the name of Gregor Speirs, from the pen of his father, Tom.
The band gave us a second set including a big classic MSR set – Donald Cameron, Tulloch Castle and John MacKechnie, and a wee medley. P/M Ian Duncan told us about the setting of the Bob of Fettercairn in this selection – a very old tune indeed, and in it’s original form recorded as a reel, which was the way it was presented tonight.
The evening rounded off with two short and sweet solo sets from band members David Anderson and John Fraser. A few wee marches got all the toes in the room tapping, and Fred Morrison’s tune for his son Seaonaidh made my night.
The Scots Guards Knock-Out Series continues to be a resounding success, with Craig Muirhead booking his place in the semi finals yesterday (Sunday 3 April), and Jenny Hazzard and Finlay MacDonald going head-to-head on Sunday 17 April. Remember there’s also a really good curry on offer.