It was a quiet night but a wee gem. The Society welcomed Faye Henderson who is now working and staying in the fair city. As we settled down for a natter and catch up Andrew Allison got the evening under way. Andrew is constantly improving and has recently joined the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band. (note the band are running a fund raiser on Saturday 18th October in the Police Club 28 York Place, Edinburgh, where Gordon Walker will be giving a recital- £10 entry fee.)
Next up was the P/M who was keen to test the pipe out after his hiatus in Cyprus.
Andrew Gray took over and he too has made a band change joining the Shotts ranks. Andrew was in excellent form and the pipe was booming. He ran through a wide variety of light music before finishing off with some hornpipes and jigs that included Crossing the Minch, Joe McGann’s Fiddle, McKerral’s Fancy, The Judges Dilemma, Kenny Gillies of Portnalong and the Duncan Johnston composition Ray Anderson. Fantastic stuff.
Pies-and they got Faye’s seal of approval!
The PPP was Cameron Drummond who was straight into the big stuff with some of the great 2/4 Marches. He followed that with some competition strathspeys and reels signing off with The Little Cascade. Cameron has now settled into his new post at Fettes College and his new ‘pad’ in Edinburgh. (House warming still to come?).
Lachie Dick was next up and although flat out at work in his present post in Kirkcaldy he was keen to have a run through his tunes for the John MacLellan Memorial competition at the weekend. Lachie was straight into the big stuff and ended with a new reel to me called The Creagorry Blend that I believe was composed by P/M William MacLean. Creagorry is located at the South of Benbecula and one can only assume that the tune has a whiskey association?
The final player of the night was Jenny Hazzard who was also keen to put some air through the pipe as she too was due to compete at the weekend. Jenny has been is fine form of late and to close she gave us the ground and a couple of variations of the Lament for the Earl of Antrim.
And that was that. Top class playing all round and a cracking night. The next meeting is Tuesday 15th October where clasp winner Iain Speirs will be running through one of his Glenfiddich tunes. Iain is going for the very rare 3 in a row so, not that I am superstitious, Susanne must not go, Tam has to watch it by live stream, plenty of gin and tonic must be had and the Eagles Pipe Major must share Iain’s room. It’s a winning formula. Saturday 25th October.