Another Piping Live done and dusted, the traditional pipeband concert, courtesy of Scottish power and Inveraray and District crownd world champions for the second year running. Hats off.
So what did we get up to in Worlds week? Well we did the usual and hosted our chums from Canada and Tasmania and a few more to boot. The Sons of Scotland and St Andrews Caledonian were welcome guest as the band ran through a fair bit of its repertoire. A warm night and thirsty work, so a halftime beer was most welcome and there was a queue for the pies.
The second half saw P/M John Ralph take the pipe majors pipe for a spin. He played quite a few of his own compositions before handing the pipe over to young Robert Cruickshank who played a lovely air, The Fallen, composed by R.S. MacDonald, for his friend Willie Armstrong of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers when he was a serving fireman in Glasgow. The tune was written in tribute to his fire-fighter friend, Ally Boyle, who was diagnosed with blood cancer and had to retire at a young age. The Red Hot
Chilli Pipers and guests recorded the tune as a charity track to raise funds for the cause.
The final player of the night was Eagle President, Douglas Gardiner who settled the pipe with some light music tunes, including an MSR, before giving us The Battle of Auldearn No 2. On a great pipe Douglas played the tune as it should be, finishing with a robust and brisk a-mach. Great stuff Douglas.
A note from the man himself.
Please note our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd September (not 20th August) when I am very pleased to announce we will have Andrew Ferguson as our special guest piper.
Andrew is 17 and a pupil at Dollar Academy. He is taught by Callum Beaumont and has already won several adult C Grade prizes including the piobaireachd and MSR at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Contest. He won the MacGregor Memorial trophy at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2018. He is certain to win more and win bigger! Come along and hear a future star.
The piping train rolls on. The Argyllshire Gathering has come and gone, the Captain John dinner is this Saturday and then it is up to Inverness. Congratulations to Stuart Liddle Andrew Hayes, Ben McClamrock and Gordon McCready who were the big winners in Oban. Also hats off to Iain Speirs who won the overall with two 2nds in the big events.