The P/M opened the night and once the pipe had settled played a couple of variations form His Father’s Lament For Donald MacKenzie. The tune is a tribute to a departed son and was composed by John Ban MacKenzie. Son Donald, like his father, was an outstanding piper and won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting. He died in 1863.
At the time John Ban composed this tune, he was suffering from cancer and died early the next year. Despite the severe pain of his final illness, he endured long enough to complete his composition. John Ban never wrote down the notes of the tune but he did teach it to his nephew Ronald who later transcribed it and preserved it for posterity.
Next up was Andrew Allison who is becoming a welcome regular at Eagles. Andrew was in fine form and is on the look out for a new solo chanter-once he has saved up the pennies.
A rare visitor was the piping entrepreneur Magus Orr who seems to be constantly involved in organising large International piping events. Magnus kicked off with some 3/4s before heading into the big stuff playing a double MSR that finished with Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran and John Morrison of Assynt House. He finished off with some jigs that included The Lark in the Morning and The Geese in the Bog.
Just as the pies were being taken out the oven in walked Nils Michael and his charge for the day Andrew Yu, who had both been playing at Inveraray. A sterling effort and a pie was well deserved. Or was it two?
Andrew Yu was the post pie piper. Andrew is from Hong Kong and is presently playing with RAF Halton Pipes and Drums. Andrew was quick to settled down into his stride and played an MSR that kicked off with the little heard John MacDonald’s Welcome to south Uist. He finished off a great wee spot with Chasing Shadows and Alan MacPherson of Mosspark.
Nils ended the evening and played his Inveraray prize winning march (1st in the C Grade) Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque. This was followed by Mrs. John McColl. He ended the double MSR including the reel Duntroon, that seem to be making a wee resurgence this season.
And that was that.
There will be on Eagles on Tuesday 5th August as this has been put back a week to the 12th to accommodate our guests who will be with us for Piping Live and Worlds week. Hope to see you there.