The P/M was on drone tuning duties, claiming that he had some form of life threatening illness, (yes man flu) with the only known antidote being lemsip!
Another good turn out and The Eagle Pipers’ march was given another practice chanter session. Hopefully a run through on the pipes next time.
The PPP was Graham Farr who, fresh from his run at the Archie Kenneth Quaich, was on piobaireachd duties. Graham started with the retreat march, Stornoway Bay, composed by Donald MacLeod, followed by Alison Hargreaves’ Farewell to K2, by Don Bradford, and finishing with The Dream Valley of Glendaruel by P/M John McLellan.
‘In 1995 Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to make an unsupported ascent of Everest without oxygen and three months later took on the lower but more challenging climb of K2. She made it to the top but was swept off the mountain on the decent on the treacherous south face by violent winds. She was internationally renowned for her climbing and died aged 33. Her body was never recovered and remains somewhere on K2. She was from Fort William and was survived by her husband and two sons.’
With the pipe settled and well balanced Graham gave us The Lament for the Iolaire composed by Donald MacLeod.
‘The Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of 31 December 1918. At 2:30 a.m. on New Years Day as the ship approached the port of Stornoway a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks “The Beasts of Holm” and sank. The death toll was officially put at 205, of whom 181 men were islanders but as the ship was badly overcrowded and there was a lack of proper records, the toll could have been slightly higher. John F. Macleod from Ness, Isle of Lewis, saved 40 lives, swimming ashore with a heaving line, along which many of the survivors made their way to safety. Only 82 of the 283 (officially known) passengers survived the disaster.’
Graham is feeling his way in piobaireachd and is taking part in this years amateur clasp competitions. He gave a sound musical interpretation of the tune and this should be a fruitful tune for him this season. Well done.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th March. It will be a normal meeting so please bring along your pipes for a tune.
The next round of the Scots Guards KO competition is on Sunday 25th March where Ben Duncan will be taking on Dan Nevans.
Another date for the diary is our meeting on Tuesday 3rd April when Ciaren Ross will be our guest player. Fresh from winning the Jig contest at last weekend’s Duncan Johnstone Competition, Ciaren is a rising young talent on the solo circuit as well as being a member of Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.