Robert Wallace – an apology
In the 'Butter Fingers' blog on 18th August, 2017, we published a post relating to the withdrawal from the Argyllshire Gathering by one or two senior pipers, because of the presence of a particular judge. Although the judge was not named we accept that, to those familiar with the subject matter of the post, he would be identifiable as Robert Wallace.
In the post, the particular judge was described as an "opinionated, mendacious and malevolent individual driven mad by his own ego, bitterness and self-interest." We accept that such comments were ill-judged and to make them in a setting which afforded Mr Wallace no simultaneous right to respond or comment was unfair. We also accept that such comments were not appropriate for a blog that is published by the College of Piping. We apologise to Mr Wallace accordingly.
I hear Glenn Brown and Craig Sutherland, pictured right, may receive an invite to play at next spring’s Pipe Major Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition. Glenn won the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban this year while Craig scooped the Gold Medal. Before then, of course, Craig will no doubt relish returning to pipe at Blair Castle, only this time not as part of its rota of daily pipers but as one of the 10 pipers competing at the Glenfiddich.
The line-up for the GF hasn’t been released as yet but I expect it to be something like this:
* Roddy MacLeod (winner of last year’s Glenfiddich)
* Jack Lee (winner of the Former Winners’ MSR at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Callum Beaumont (2016 Bratach Gorm and overall champion at the London comp.)
* Glenn Brown (Senior Piobaireachd winner at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Ian K. MacDonald (second in Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering)
* Craig Sutherland (winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering)
* Cameron Drummond (winner of the Former Winners’ MSR at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Ally Henderson (winner of the Gold Medal at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Angus MacColl (second place in the Clasp at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
* Iain Speirs (winner of the Clasp at the 2017 Northern Meeting)
As I said last week, this year’s GF looks set to be the first one without a MacCallum.
Also, I imagine both Glenn and Craig will be invited to play at the College of Piping’s annual ‘Echoes of Oban’ night. ’Echoes’ is usually held in mid-November and is always a great night.
The final straight
Invercharron Highland Games takes place this weekend. It’s usually the last highland games of the season and let’s hope some of our soloists have a little bit of fuel in the tank to take part. I really hope so. At Pitlochry last weekend, entries for the solo piping and the pipe band competitions were as low as I can recall in at least a decade.
Invercharron is usually well supported by pipers in the district but it would be great if some more pipers from furth of Inverness would enter. Like many of our smaller games, Invercharron is a charming and well run day.
It's been said many times before: use them or lose them.
A huge ‘well done’ to the youngsters of Davidson's Mains & District Pipe Band for releasing their version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’ to raise money for charity. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Cash for Kids, the UK-based charity that helps disadvantaged children or those suffering from abuse or neglect. I can’t say I’m a fan of Ed Sheeran’s songs but this recording has a certain charm to it. You can buy the single on iTunes HERE:
I remember the youngsters performing alongside the Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Princes Gardens, Edinburgh a few years ago. I think they played Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing’ Cars but I may be mistaken. No doubt there’s a clip on t’internet somewhere.