The P/M took to the floor and played a small tribute to ex Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band President, Bryan Lowrie, whose funeral he had played at early in the day at Prestonkirk in East Linton. Bryan was the band President in the mid 90’s and although he had no previous piping connections was a tremendous ambassador for the band during his tenure. He accompanied the band on many international trips where friendship and bonhomie were the order of the day.
Nest up was Nils Michael who was in fine form on a well-balanced pipe. Included in his spot was a hornpipe, The Arran Ferry (if I heard him correctly) followed by a set of well-executed jigs.
Colin MacLellan was next for shaving, fresh from all his overseas travels. Well maybe not so fresh but still in the mood for a tune or two. He stepped his way through a variety of light music before finishing with a block of jigs (5 or 6) that included some standard names but, as is Colin’s want, were delightful in their different styles and settings.
The post pie piperette was Jenny Hazzard who made no apologies for quickly warming up the pipe and going into some Ceol Mor in preparation for the book launch at this weekends Piobaireachd Society Conference. She wetted our appetite with the ground of the Edinburgh Piobaireachd followed by the Urlar and first variation of Farewell to the Queens Ferry. The conference is at the Birnam Hotel Dunkeld this weekend with Colin speaking about his father’s music on the Saturday. The book and accompanying CDs can be ordered directly from Colin at,
Douglas Gardiner was the final player of the night and he was keen to get in a tune or two before this weekends Duncan Johnstone memorial competition, run by CPA and being held at the Piping Centre this weekend. The pipe came quickly into line and once he had trotted out his MSR Douglas gave us a very musical, The Lament for the Viscount of Dundee. With a good draw in the piob. we are expecting big things Douglas. Good luck.
And with that we were done for the night. There is the second semi final of the SGC KO competition on Sunday 27th March at the usual time of 16.00hrs
The Eagles have been invited to the Royal Scottish pipers Society rooms on Friday 6th May. Please make every effort to come along and support this evening.
The next Eagles meeting is on Tuesday 29th March. The piob slot is available if anyone fancies a tune?