In the absence of the Hon P/M, the evening got off to a prompt start with young Diarmid Lindsay playing a set of Sinclair pipes given to him in 1967 on his 21st birthday. Diarmid is fresh from the prize list at The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society annual contest and tonight gave us a selection including the 4/4s Maggie’s Wedding (self-penned), Smith’s a Gallant Fireman, 8th Argyll’s Farewell to the 116th Regiment de Linge and Within a Mile o’ Edinburgh Toon. Here is a photo of Diarmid taken recently.
Another youngish member, Iain Dewar, played next on his immaculate looking and sounding silver and ivory Gillanders & McLeod drones – adorned with historic Royal Scots’ ribbons. Iain finished a stirring selection of tunes with the ground of Beloved Scotland, one of the most evocative piobaireachd.
Tom Peterkin was Post Pie Piper. Tom was remaining tight lipped about the identity of a piper he booked to play at his recent wedding who, just as the bride arrived at the altar, knocked a three foot crystal vase containing the bridal flowers onto the floor with his bass drone. Tam is not sure who was more smashed.
Andy Gray gave a very musical selection before the headline act of the night, Nils Michael, rounded things off with the piobaireachd, Corrienessan’s Salute. Having recently returned to a full cane set up, Nils overcame the distractions of a temperamental middle tenor to give a strong and musical rendition of this popular Silver Medal set tune.