As some of you will be aware, each of the committee members have been requested to host a ‘Special Night’. On Tuesday 18th April, it was Jenny Hazzard who stepped up to the mark and hosted a night of ‘Piping Geography’. Colin immediately discounted himself from taking part on the basis of having heard Jenny practicing her repertoire over the previous week.
Before we got into it Jenny got those with pipes (15 in total) up to go through a few sets from the tune book before the evening proper began. Up for grabs were a bottle of Macallan Gold for 1st place, a lovely bottle of wine for 2nd and a box of luxury chocolates for 3rd.
The format of the evening was explained by Jenny. Basically she and Lachie Dick were going to play through a number of tunes (21) in total. Each team were required to identify the tune and thereafter pin point on a map of Scotland where the city, town, village, island etc. was located on the map.
For those of you interested I have attached a map with the answers – not as easy as it may seem I am sure you will agree.
The beauty of this quiz was that, it not only got people scratching their heads trying to identify the tunes, but we were treated to the talents of two great pipers.
With the teams all sorted and team names selected – The Corner Boys, The 3 J’s, The Has Beens and The Philips Duo – to name but a few, battle commenced.
Alan having a ‘no idea’ moment?
Lachie started us of with the 6/8, Bengullion and thereafter played the 2/4’s, David Ross of Rosehall, The Pap of Glencoe, John MacDonald’s Welcome to South Uist and Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean.
It was brilliant to hear Lachie play again at the Eagle’s and as usual it is an absolute pleasure to listen to him. Those of you that have heard him before will know exactly what I mean.
It was then on to the Slow Air, The Bays of Harris, and the Reels, Sound of Sleat, Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree and Creagorry Blend.
To finish off Lachie played the Jigs, Kenny Gilles of Port na Long, Skye, Flora MacAulay Carradale and Glasgow City Police.
We had a quick break for pies and then it was over to Jenny who started us off with the 6/8’s, Bonnie Dundee and Dornoch Highland Gathering, before cracking on with the 5/4, Cullen Bay, the 4/4, Flett from Flotta and the Jig, Angus John MacNeill of Barra.
Like Lachie, Jenny is effortless with her playing and it is just great for so many of us to have the opportunity to listen to such accomplished pipers.
Jenny finished off with the 2/4’s, Donald MacLellan of Rothesay and John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage, the Strathspey, Blair Drummond and thereafter the most controversial tune of the evening John Morrison of Assynt House. Why the controversy I hear you ask? Jenny explained at the start of the quiz that two of her tunes related to the location of the actual buildings. For those still reeling it is the location of Assynt House you were to identify.
All that was left to do was tally up the points and announce the winners.
Assynt House, Evanton, Dingwall
The musical interlude was provided by John Fraser who played his own version of a geographical quiz playing the Battle of the Somme and The Heights of Dargai. He rounded off the piping for the evening rather fittingly with the Slow Air, The Flight of the Eagles and the Hornpipes, Duncan Johnstone and Duncan McKenzie of Dumbarton.
So the results were in, 3rd place went to the Corner Boys – Graeme Farr and Iain MacDonald, 2nd place went to John Murphy and John Fraser and the overall winners were, Douglas Gardiner, Fred McKay and Iain Spiers, well done boys.
Thanks to all who attended and took park and special thanks to Jenny and Lachie for a great night.
In other news to of our young Eagles were successful at the Kingdom Thistle Piping and Drumming Competition hosted in Lochgelly. In the U16 Piping Brodie Watson-Massie achieved 1st Place with Christopher Happs, close on his heels in 2nd. Christopher also took part in the U18 competition where he achieved 4th place. Well done to both boys, a great result!
Other dates for your diary:
The next meeting is on the 2nd May where we will be hosting the Royal Scottish Pipers’. It would be great to have as many Eagles – with pipes – in attendance as we can. The meeting will take place upstairs in the Scots Guards Club where after some band playing. Iain Spiers will play a piobaireachd of his choice on behalf of the society.
27th May The Royal Scottish Pipers’ are hosting a recital at Edinburgh Academy, where Fred Morrison, Stuart Liddell and Quartet from Dollar Academy will dazzle what I suspect will be a capacity audience.
Douglas Gardiner has managed to secure the following to play mini-recitals:
30th May – Steven Gray
25th July – Ben Duncan
3rd October – Steven Leask
And sadly folks that’s a wrap. Look forward to seeing you all resplendent in your Eagles’ ties on 2nd May.