On a wet night that saw Scotland go down 3-0 to Slovakia, it was difficult to muster patriotic enthusiasm and knock out some rousing tunes, but none the less the show must go on. (Wembley next, by the way!).
The P/M got the show on the road with some family favourites before handing the baton to welcome guest Iain MacDonald, who had brought along an old friend from Rothesay, Sandy Calder. Sandy was in the 1st Royal Scotts between 1948 -50 where he made the acquaintance of Rab Gibson (Rab’s Wedding) who would later play with the Edinburgh City Police. So there was plenty of old piping chat to be had. On a lovely set of old ebony Glens Iain started off with the 6/8 march The Hill of Cherat, composed by W J Campbell that can be found in Donald MacLeod’s book 1.
‘During British rule Cherat was important as a hill cantonment and sanitarium for British troops in the Peshawar District of British India. Cherat was first used as a sanitarium for troops in 1861 and was used during the hot weather as a health station for the British troops who were quartered in the hot and valley of Peshawar.’
Iain finished off with some fine small strathspeys and reels before sitting down to a well-earned pie and a pint.
The PPP was Gordon Hislop who. once he had played a few tunes and settled the pipe. gave us a melodic MacCrimmons Sweetheart.
Fergus Perks was up next and there was no warming up of the pipe to be had. Straight into the big stuff opening with the lovely Maclean of Pennycross, followed by a couple of strathspeys and reels.
The final player of the night was Jenny Hazzard who was fresh from the John MacLellan Memorial competition last weekend. On a sonorous pipe Jenny was quickly into her stride rounding off a lovely wee night-despite the football result. The photograph below, taken during a first class hornpipe and Jig competition, shows Jenny playing the same instrument the Captain is playing in the background display.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th October KO 20.00hrs
The AGM will be on Tuesday 22nd November. Details to follow in due course.