The P/M kicked off the evening with a few tunes before handing over to Iain Dewar.
We were in the big room upstairs in the Guards club and the acoustics were very pleasing. Iain played Lady McRoberts’ Lament (Flight of the Eaglets), a tune composed by Willie Ross in 1944 in memory of her three sons that perished in WW ll. Lady MacRobert gave £25,000 to purchase a Short Stirling bomber; the aircraft was named “MacRobert’s Reply” in memory of her three sons. Lady Rachael MacRobert believed that her sons had lived up to the family motto Virtutis Gloria Merces – translated as, ‘Honour is the Reward of Bravery’.
Next up was Peter McCalister who gave us a blast on a set of Northumbrian pipes and then invited members of the audience to have a go. They have such a great sound but it looks like you need 3 hands to play them!
Craig Martin followed and after a couple of settling 6/8s he was into the big stuff trotting out some MRS’s, the opener being Hugh Kennedy. He finished his spot with the Jig of Slurs and The Duck composed by Donald (Duck) McLeod.
The post pie piper was Malcolm Kerr who opened with one of his own compositions, ‘Thank You George McKay’, who was a piping instructor in the Glasgow area post WW1. Malcolm doesn’t make it along all that often and it was great to see him play round the floor.
Jenny Hazzard was up next and opened up with a few Michael Grey tunes that began with Linda’s Lilt. She then hit us with 2 of the great 2/4 marches, John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage and John McDonald of Glencoe. After some strathspeys and reels Jenny ended her slot with the hornpipe John F Kennedy, that was composed by P/M W Gilmour in 1965. The tune is published in Capt John MacLellan’s ‘More Music for the Highland Bagpipe’ and it was a nice touch to mark his passing that was on 22nd November 1963.
The final player of the night was Peter McCalister who was is sparkling form. The pipe came in very nicely as he went through a few light music tunes and was bang on when he started his piobaireachd, The Finger Lock, composed by Ronald MacDonald of Morar. Excellent stuff.
As usual Peter had handed out music for the tune, from the Binneas is Boreaig collection, talking us through the various options available when tackling the piece. Great stuff Peter. Many thanks.
And that was the evenings evening.
The final night of 2015 will be on Tuesday 8th December where all members are invited to come along with their pipe for a big band night. All very informal and just the usual standard tunes. Douglas Gardiner will send out an email with more detail. Please come along if you can.