The games season is in full flight and with Inveraray being on the same day we expected a slightly smaller turn out than usual. However thanks to the sterling effort of Andrew Yu, Craig Martin and Jenny Hazzard, (who all played at the games but made it back to Edinburgh in time) the evening was a great success.
Andrew Yu, who is from Victoria in Hong Kong, started things off. Andrew is currently having a tune with RAF Halton but is also going round the games competing in C Grade. He has been at the Eagles a few times and has settled well into the culture and diet.
Having settled the pipe with a couple of 6/8s Andrew played a slow march followed by the jig, The Pipers Bonnet. He then went into a competition MSR starting off with The Stirlingshire Militia.
Next up was Nils Michael who was clearly in the mood for a tune. He has been having a
tune with Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles this year. Nils settled the pipe down with some nice 3/4s and then played some strathspeys and reels. This was just the warm up as he then trotted out several hornpipes/reels that included, The Pivovar Express, The Lost and Velocity. Foot stomping stuff and a bit of a Shotts tribute.
The PPP was number 84, Craig Martin, who didn’t take long to get into his stride and included in his light music tunes was the little heard The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forrest, composed by Angus Mackay. Craig then gave us a lovely rendition of The Massacre of Glencoe.
‘Early in the morning of 13 February 1692, in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution
and the Jacobite uprising of 1689 led by John Graham of Claverhouse, a massacre took place in Glen Coe, in the Highlands of Scotland. This incident is referred to as the massacre of Glencoe,
The massacre began simultaneously in three settlements along the glen—Invercoe, Inverrigan, and Achnacon—although the killing took place all over the glen as fleeing MacDonalds were pursued.
Thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by the guests who had accepted their hospitality, on the grounds that the MacDonalds had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.’
Jenny Hazzard was the last to play and she didn’t waste any time into getting into the big stuff, probably because she wanted to get home for a bit R and R! Despite the challenge of the long day Jenny was in fine form and played the 2/4 march Murdo MacLeod that seems to be making a bit of a come back. After a double set of Strathspeys and Reels Jenny finished off with a hornpipe and jig. Great stuff.
Airth games and the Scottish Championships are on the calendar this weekend. Lets hope the weather is kind.
There will be no meeting on Tuesday 4th August. This meeting will now take place the following week on the 11th.