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9th June 2015 – Visit of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society

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We are pleased to announce that The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society will be our guests on Tuesday 9th June.

There will be a combined band playing the usual family favourites so everyone bring your pipes.

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Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Trust

310625_120953121337528_1771664801_nWe are pleased to announce the 2015 edition of the Captain John A MacLellan MBE Memorial Dinner.

The date is Saturday, 29th August, 2015, at 6.30pm for 7pm, at the Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh.

The players will be Willie McCallum “Salute to the Piobaireachd Society”,

Faye Henderson “For my Lass, Fair, Pretty, and Highland”,

Iain Speirs, “The Edinburgh Piobaireachd”, and

David Wilton, “The Salute to the Succession (of Lord Carnock as Chief of Clan Nicolson).

Tickets can be reserved from the Trust Secretary, Colin MacLellan either at colin@pipereeds.com or by telephone at 07528377704.

Event sponsored by Glenfiddch Piping and Fiddle.

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Scots Guards KO Final Sunday 3rd May 2015

IMG_2279Eagle Craig Sutherland edged out Steven Gray in a close encounter that was recorded by the BBC IMG_2275for Pipeline. Both were worthy finalists having acquitted themselves very well throughout the KO rounds and a packed audience enjoyed a great performance from both players.

The Scots Guards association are holding a dinner on Saturday 6th June in the Club to mark the success of this years competition. The guest player will be Chris Armstrong. At £20 a ticket. There are a few places left.IMG_2295IMG_2290

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Match Report 28th April 2015

IMG_2267In a rush to get away and see his sister in a new play Cameron took over the P/Ms traditional spot of opening the evening. The naked pipe is no longer and as you will see in the photograph it is now resplendent in new silver. Cameron’s chanter also has a silver sole, something that has become a bit of a rarity. As usual he was in sparkling form and his fingers danced their way through a wide variety of light music tunes before he ended with the hornpipe Mr and Mrs J Duncan’s Golden Wedding Anniversary. I think one from the Inveraray and District PB repertoire?

The not so naked pipe

The not so naked pipe

Now the P/M had not intended to play but he was presented with a rather unusual gift posted all the way from Australia by Paul Hughes. A rather nifty balmoral styled golf hat. In fact Paul sent over 2. Paul is hoping that the P/M and the Hon Pres. will adorn the hats while up at the open golf championship at St Andrews this year. We will see.

Euan AndersonWhen the P/M was done pies were served and the PPP was none other than the wee spoon herself Katherine Belcher. The second half was pleasing on two counts. One, it was an all female affair and secondly two of the ladies were from Australia and that gave us a chance to pay tribute to Anzac Day and mark the 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.

Kat is over here for a year or so to soak up the atmosphere and develop her piping. She is well established in the solo and Pipe Band world and this season will turn out for the aforementioned Inveraray and District. Kat settled the pipe down (lovely resonant drones) with some

Kat on the march

Kat on the march

light music including the Conundrum. She continued with a hornpipe and jig before finishing with the ground of The Viscount of Dundee. A great run out before the Highlands and Islands competition on Saturday.

Jenny Hazzard was up next and again took advantage of the Eagles arena to run through some of her competition stuff for the weekend. Why don’t more pipers do this? Jenny’s final tune was a hornpipe John F Kennedy, composed by Pipe Major William (Billy) Gilmour in 1965. Great to hear Jenny Hazzardsomething different.

The final player of the evening was Amber Sinclair (Ives). Amber graduated from the RSAMD in 2007 and is originally from Ballarat in Australia. This was Ambers first time playing at the Eagles and we were delighted that she had agreed to play the piobaireachd. Once the pipe was settled Amber tackled the little heard Isabel Mackay.

‘In his “Historic, Biographic and Legendary Notes to the Tunes” attached to David Glen’s Ancient Piobaireachd, Henry Whyte (“Fionn”) states

This beautiful Piobaireachd was composed by some unknown piper to Isabel Mackay, daughter of John, second son of Hector Mackay of Skerry. She was celebrated for her accomplishments and personal beauty. She is immortalised by Rob Donn, the bard, in a poem of considerable merit. She married [John, son of] Kenneth Sutherland of Keoldale. [Factor of the barony of Durness who was also notable as being the violin teacher of Joseph MacDonald of Compleat Theory fame, see Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, pp.20-21] Here are some lines of a translation of the bard’s verses:–

Isabel Mackay, list to her sigh;

Isabel Mackay, all so lonely;

Isabel Mackay, list to her sigh;

Isabel Mackay, all so lonely. ‘

You have to laugh. Some unknown piper……….

Amber Sinclair

Amber Sinclair

Anyway Amber made a lovely job of this tune and she clearly knows what she is doing with it, managing to keep the piece moving along and linking the variations with nice touches of timing changes. Well done Amber and thank you very much for stepping up to the plate.

Good luck to all taking part in the Highlands and Island competition this weekend and remember the Scots Guards KO Final on Sunday.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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Fred Morrison and Stuart Liddell – Saturday 9th May

Tickets are still available for the RSPS Recital on Saturday at The Edinburgh Academy.

£15.00 for possibly the finest two pipers in the world!!

Tickets should be available on the door or contact Andrew Cook (0131 339 7989 andrew.cook@keme.co.uk).  Don’t call Alan McGhie – he is on holiday

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Tuesday 26th May – Dollar Academy Visit

Continuing our current theme of inviting schools to perform at Eagles, we are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 26th May, pipers from Dollar Academy will entertain us.

The Dollar Academy pipe band has won the Scottish Schools CCF Championship for thirteen consecutive years and are the current Juvenile World Champions.

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Match Report Tuesday 14th April 2015

The P/M DiaryWhen the P/M had finished breaking the ice we welcomed Robbie Ross back to the fold after quite an absence. His reappearance may coincide with the fact that Master Ross is now walking and Robbie needed to escape from the house? Robbie always entertains and he played some old settings of tunes that can be found in the Glen books.

Robbie Ross

Robbie Ross

Next up was the Hon Pres himself fresh (ish) from his international judging sojourns. Colin was in great form and in good shape for the Masters piping recital that was due to be held in the National Piping centre. I say due as unfortunately there has been a late postponement to the original date, but it will be rescheduled.

IMG_2157Colin started of with one of Robert Matheson’s tunes, Song for the Smallpipe, followed by a couple of old school 6/8s. He continued with a selection of small strathspeys and reels before playing 2 x 2/4 marches, Young Willie Murray, composed by his dad, and a relatively new Roddy MacDonald tune, Dalvey. Lovely stuff. Colin kept things in the family by playing his fathers setting of the Cameronian Rant, that is distinctly different and a healthy alternative to the more traditional setting, followed by the reels The Rejected Suitor and The Man from Glengarry. Time for pies.

The Post Pie Piper was father to be Tom Peterkin. Tom’s life is about to drastically change within the next  week and there is a general election on so Tam will literally have his hands full.    Tom started with the lovely slow march, The Skye Gathering, that can be found in the Scots Guards Book 1. He then played the little heard GS march, Inverlochy Castle followed by a few jigs. Best of luck to you and Mrs P with the new arrival. We look forward to wetting the baby’s head.

You will need these and more

You will need these and more

The Lament for Alan My Son

The Lament for Alan My Son

The final player of the night was Lachie Dick, who was resplendently turned out as he was on piobaireachd duties. As per usual Lachie played some excellent light music from his repertoire and when the pipe was locked in played The Lament for Alan My Son, composed by Duncan Johnstone.

Duncan Johnstone was born in Glasgow on 25th July 1925; the youngest of five children. His parents although living in Glasgow, hailed from the Outer Hebrides. His mother, Catherine MacMillan from Barra, and his father, Alexander Johnstone from Benbecula, greatly influenced his taste in music and through them, his love of the great Scottish West Coast music was born.

Duncan’s father encouraged him at the early age of nine to take piping lessons at first from himself, then from Glasgow policeman Angus Campbell. As a result of their tuition and encouragement, he won his first competition in 1938.

In 1970 he began teaching in his home on the south side of Glasgow as well as being a principal instructor in the College of Piping between 1974 and 1978. Duncan was a prolific composer of bagpipe music and In his lifetime Duncan composed over sixty tunes including Farewell to Nigg.

In 1980, Duncan’s son, Alan, lost his fight against leukemia and his courage prompted Duncan to compose a most poignant piobaireachd, Lament for my Son, Alan.                                                                                                                        

UnknownIn 1996 Duncan was awarded the Balvenie Medal by Messrs William Grant & Sons as recognition of his lifetime commitment to piping. Duncan passed away on 14th November 1999.

This is one of the great 20th century piobaireachds and the score can be found in Duncan Johnstone’s ”His Complete Compositions” as well as Pipe Major Angus MacDonald MBE’s Collection Volume 2. If you are looking for something relatively new but has a classical feel, this tune is it. It clearly captures the emotion that prompted the composition and to his credit Lachie gave a sterling performance if it. There are one or two recordings online that are worth a listen.

The Scottish Pipers’ Association Professional competition will be held in the College of Piping in Glasgow this Saturday from 9am. Following on from it will be another of their popular and well-received illustrated lectures on pipers and pipe tunes of World War 1. This National Lottery supported event has free admission and Saturday’s lecture, at the same venue, features author Colin Campbell and pipers Niall Stewart and Iain Speirs.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

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