There are fashion statements and fashion statements. The boys from Shotts certainly made one. The quartet of Pipe Sgt. Glenn Brown, Scott Hannah, Dan Nevins and Fraser Hogg may have not been in running for the Pipe Major’s dress and deportment award but boy can they play.
Shotts are having a very successful season thus far and have been in the top 3 of every major so far. They are clearly knocking at the door and I am sure FMM are looking over their shoulders at this first class outfit.
The first half of this informal night was dedicated to the quartet and to a full room the boys started off with some bright modern hornpipes, Abbotsinch to Aldergrove, composed jointly by Ryan and friend Donald MacPhee, and the second, The Salute to the MacLawsontyres, composed by Ryan in honour of the marriage of friends Andrew Lawson (Shotts drummer) and Kirsty Lawson (nee MacIntyre, and former Shotts piper).
Next up was an MSR. Highland Wedding/Susan MacLeod/John Morrison of Assynt House. It was just as well the boys were in shorts and wearing head sweat bands as the temperature in the room was rising by the minute. Great stuff and full of music. The guys rounded off the first half of the evening with a medley before sitting down to a well-earned pie and a cold pint of lager. Well in Glenn’s case water was the order of the day. (piob duties).
The post pie piper was Scott Hannah who hit the ground running playing a competition MSR, starting off with the great John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage. He then finished off with some jigs that included the little heard Center’s Bonnet. Great stuff and for a man who stays in Stockbridge there is no excuse for not being a regular visitor to the Eagles!!
Next for shaving was Dan Nevins. He also started with an MSR opening with Murdo MacLeod. After a few jigs he played a set of reels that can be found in the repertoire of The Big Stupid Ceilidh Band of which he is member. Check them out on You Tube. They do exist.
Fraser Hogg took to the floor and not to be outdone he also rattled out an MSR starting off with the great John MacColl composition, Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque. A few hornpipes followed that included an old favourite, Jimmy Tweedies Sea Legs.
The final player of the evening was Glenn Brown who had agreed to play The Lament for the Laird of Annapool, composed by Iain Dall MacKay, probably composed in the period 1700 – 1730. Iain Dall was born in 1656 and died in 1754. He was second cousin to the Laird of Annapool, Donald MacKay. MacKay had become the laird by virtue of his marriage to Marion Munro of Arnabol. Annapool is recognized as a corrupted version of Arnapol.
On the opening night of the ‘reformed’ Eagles, back on 19th October 2010, Glenn played The Lament for The Laird of Annapool so he was overdue return visit for a tune, and what a tune it was. One of the truly great tunes and if Glenn can carry this forward it will stand him in good stead at the big indoor events this year.
What a fantastic night and our thanks go to the guys for giving up their precious spare time to royally entertain us. Best wishes to the band for the remainder of the season. Thank you.
A selection of the evenings piping can be found on our YouTube site.