The Eagle Pipers’ Society welcomed the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society for their annual get together and the evening did not disappoint. Some 25 pipers took to the floor in the Scots Guards Association Club in Edinburgh. After a few communal tunes the Royal Scottish boys, led by their current Pipe Major Iain MacDonald, played a few selections that included an MSR.
After that it was the turn of the Eagles and in time honoured tradition they opened with the Society 6/8 march, The Eagle Pipers’ Society, composed by Ronnie Ackroyd. After their selection the company were ready for a famous Eagles pie and a pint.
The post pie piper was Gordon Hislop who, having settled the pipe with a few light music tunes, played the piobaireachd, The Kings Taxes. Interestingly this piece was the first tune to win one of the new Piobaireachd Society competitions at Oban in 1904, gaining for the winner, John MacDonald of Inverness, the unheard of sum of £20.00 at a time when the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness brought their winners a mere £8.00.
While a relatively new tune to Gordon he made a grand job of this tricky piece.
The final player of the evening was John Fraser who is the RSPS tutor. John is ex Scots Guards, ex Lothian and Borders and famous for having a wide and unusual repertoire. John started with a few tunes from his ex L and B days in tribute to David Brown, also an ex band member, who sadly passed away recently. Davy, a native of South Africa, was quite a character and originally came to Scotland to join the Police and play in the band.
Amongst the other tunes John played was the Royal Scottish Pipers Society march but in 4/4 time signature. Very nice indeed.
And that was the evenings evening 🙂 A fantastic night and long may the tradition of the two Edinburgh Societies getting together for a bash through some old favourites continue. Until the next time.
Pictures from the evening