With the summer season over it was back to school tonight with the EPS’s very own ‘Principal Skinner’, PM Euan Anderson, taking charge sporting a new moleskin waistcoat in delightful olive green. Very dapper.
First up was Pipe Major Tam Peterkin of The Ordhill Diamond Highlanders with a couple of stirring 6/8s; Farewell to the Creeks and one of his own compositions, The Untucked Shirt. A brace of swinging competition marches was complemented by another of Tam’s tunes, The Loose Lip. An interesting tune with a wonderful fourth drone harmonic. To finish we heard Heather Grant of Strathyre, composed by Tam’s boyhood tutor, the late P/M Jimmy MacGregor of the Gordon Highlanders and Glenalmond College.
Craig Sutherland was next; fresh from the pressure of the much talked about Silver Medal Qualifier where he acquitted himself
admirably. Craig settled his outstanding bagpipe with his own adaptation of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major – a superb piece not often heard on the pipes. His set included The Ass in the Graveyard and jigs Margaret’s Wedding and Donald Cameron’s Powderhorn. Freshers’ Week now awaits Craig in Glasgow…
Post Pie Piper was the newly appointed CPA President, Rob Gray, playing a sparkling set of Naill drones. Rob’s tunes included the evergreen MacNeils of Ugadale, O Waly Waly (or the Water is Wide) and the ultra classic Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque. Rob, another successful competitor at the Silver Medal Qualifier, has recently moved to Edinburgh so is expected to become an EPS regular.
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The Hon Treasurer closed the evening on his usual immaculate pipe with some musical 4/4s, a double MSR and dextrous jigs. Iain is one of the eight pipers selected to compete at the Springbank Invitational in Campbeltown on Saturday. On his form over the last 12 months, he is sure to put in a very strong showing.