Ding dong merrily on high……but boy was it a cold one outside. Still quite a few braved the conditions and the band had a right good kick at the ball, in piping terms you understand. There is no doubt that the sound and the MSR are coming along very nicely. Not to single anyone out but it was generally agreed that Peaky played a blinder.
Some twelve or so souls sat down at 9 for a well-earned pie and a pint.
The post pie piper was Andrew Yu who has become a regular at the meetings, which is very nice to see. Among his tunes he included The Hills of Alva, that took the Heriot’s lads in the company back a few years, as it was one of Jack Crichton’s favourites. It was written by box player Tommy Muirhead, who had a close association at that time, with Shotts and Dykehead pipe band. Lovely tune.
Next for shaving was Elliot Couper who was putting in last appearance before heading back to Kiwiland. It’s been a real pleasure to have Elliot in our ranks and he went out in fine style playing a big MSR, The Marchioness of Tullibardine/Blair Drummond/Mrs MacPherson of Inveran. He followed this with the hornpipe and jig The Black Sheep and Alan MacPherson of Mosspark. Note: All you need to survive on the road is a Swiss army knife and an Eagles book.
And with that we moved onto the final player of the night, indeed year, Douglas Gardiner who settled an immaculate pipe with the lovely air, written by Phil Cunningham, Sarah’s Song. Douglas finished 2017 with a very musical rendition of the Lament for the Viscount of Dundee. You can hear a recording of the tune on our facebook page. The picture below shows the Hon President at the final resting place of John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount of Dundee, Blair Castle Estate taken earlier this year.
What fun we have had throughout the year. Thanks to all who have supported the Society and we wish to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the very best for the Festive Season.