The P/M got the evening under way playing a different pipe and set up,a circa 1940 set of Lawries with a Gannaway bag, Bannatyne moisture control system and a Sinclair chanter. The pipe quickly settled and the P/M finished his slot with I Got a Kiss of the Kings Hand.
Next up was Malcolm Kerr, a newcomer to the Society, who settled his pipe with a slow air before playing the great march, John MacDonald of Glencoe. And with that he we done. Short and sweet. Malcolm is a member of the Royal Scottish Pipers Society and was a very welcome guest. The RSPS will be our guests on Tuesday 9th June.
Andrew Allison made a welcome return and he was in fine form. In his closing set of tunes he played a set of jigs that included the little heard Alexander MacAskill of Berneray. This was composed by Dr John MacAskill and named after his father. The reel Lexie MacAskill, named after his mother, is better known, but it was nice to hear this jig getting an airing.
And that took us to the pies. The post pie piper was Lachie Dick who played a wide variety of light music including a nice wee medley that included the jigs, The Seagull and The Geese in the Bog.
Last up was Douglas Gardiner, fresh from his win in the piobaireachd and overall at the Duncan Johnstone Memorial contest last weekend. While he did NOT win the dress and deportment there he was immaculately tuned out this time round and to everyones relief he was actually wearing a kilt.
On a first class pipe Douglas settled down with some light music that included the slow Air, Those Endearing Young Charms……
Beleive me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms
Like fairy gifts fading away
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known
To which time will but make thee more dear.
No, the heart which has truly loved never forgets
But as truly loves on to the close
As the sunflower turns on her God when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose
Douglas played the MSR Young Willie Murray/Highland Harry/Rejected Suitor before playing his prize-winning tune, The
Desperate Battle of the Birds. There are many stories about the origins of this tune and you can settle on the one you prefer but here is one version,
The Battle of the Birds forms the theme of a famous Highland folk-tale. It begins thus: “There was once a time when every creature and bird was gathering to battle. The son of the king of Teathertown said, that he would go to see the battle, and that he could bring sure word home to his father the king, who would be king of the creatures this year…”
A lovely performance, full of music. Congratulations Douglas.
Edinburgh Academy school will be coming along on Tuesday 31st March to provide some the evenings entertainment.