The band took to the floor, 14 across the front rank and rattled their way through some of the tunes in the book. Perhaps the first major at Paisley was not on the agenda but this group can still be considered as dangerous and a threat!
The PPP was George Campbell who has clearly been polishing up the repertoire and practicing. No doubt all part of his retirement plan. George warmed up the pipe with a couple of 6/8 marches before attacking the big stuff with a first class MSR, The Braes of Castle Grant, Susan MacLeod and Pretty Marion. George finished off his spot with a set of nifty jigs. Excellent stuff.
Next up was Colin MacLellan, who took a break from his College of Piping duties, to give us a few tunes. Colin also chose a couple of 6/8 marches to settle the pipe and then went into Lord Alexander Kennedy and John McColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage. With the pipe purring along he gave us the lion’s share of John MacKay’s, The Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon. Surely one of the top ten great pieces of Ceol Mor? A tune reputedly composed for Patrick Og when he was still alive as reports of his demise, that had reached the ears of MacKay, were somewhat premature. Colin finished off his spot with a few jigs and with that we were done.
At the next meeting, on Tuesday 30th May, Steven Gray will be our guest player. Steven is one of the top up and coming solo players and also plays with Inveraray and District, who picked up the first major, the British Championship, at Paisley at the weekend.
The band (us-not Inveraray) will have a short blast before Steven starts his playing around 8.30. Hope to see you there.